PROVERBS 3:1

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:”

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Proverbs 3:1 Translation & Meaning

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My son, בְּ֭נִי A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
forget תִּשְׁכָּ֑ח To mislay, i.e., to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention forget
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
my law; תּוֹרָתִ֣י A precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch law
but let thine heart לִבֶּֽךָ׃ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything let thine heart
keep יִצֹּ֥ר To guard, in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey, etc.) or a bad one (to conceal, etc.) keep
my commandments: וּ֝מִצְוֹתַ֗י A command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law) commandments

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  • 1  My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

  • 2  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

  • 3  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:




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