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Proverbs 22:17–18

Sayings of the Wise

17 Listen to the words of the wise;

apply your heart to my instruction.

18 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart

and always ready on your lips.

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Proverbs 22:17–18 — The New International Version (NIV)

17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;

apply your heart to what I teach,

18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart

and have all of them ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,

and apply your heart to my knowledge,

18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

if all of them are ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise,

And apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee;

They shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,

And apply your heart to my knowledge;

18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;

Let them all be fixed upon your lips,

Proverbs 22:17–18 — New Century Version (NCV)

17 Listen carefully to what wise people say;

pay attention to what I am teaching you.

18 It will be good to keep these things in mind

so that you are ready to repeat them.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise,

And apply thy heart unto my knowledge.

18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee,

If they be established together upon thy lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart unto my knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee: they shall be together fitted on thy lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

17 Open your ears, and hear the words of wise people,

and set your mind on the knowledge I give you.

18 It is pleasant if you keep them in mind

so that they will be on the tip of your tongue,

Proverbs 22:17–18 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

17 Listen closely, pay attention to the words of the wise,

and apply your mind to my knowledge.

18 For it is pleasing if you keep them within you

and if they are constantly on your lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 The words of the wise:

Incline your ear and hear my words,

and apply your mind to my teaching;

18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

if all of them are ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise;

you shall apply your heart to my teaching.

18 For it is pleasant if you guard them within you;

together they will be ready upon your lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of those who are wise.

Apply your heart to the sayings I teach.

18 It is pleasing when you keep them in your heart.

Have all of them ready on your lips.

Proverbs 22:17–18 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,

And apply your mind to my knowledge;

18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

That they may be ready on your lips.