Keep Thy Heart

Keep Thy Heart

Practical Advice from the Proverbs

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Week 7: Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Memory Helper

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

K___ t__ h____ w___ a__ d________; f__ o__ o_ i_ a__ t__ i_____ o_ l___. Proverbs 4:23

Historical Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Keep | נָצַר

nāṣar

Pronunciation: naw-tsar'

Definition:

  • To guard, watch, watch over
  • To preserve, guard from dangers
  • To be kept close, be blockaded

Translations:

  • Keep 38x
  • Preserve 13x
  • Watchmen 3x

Heart | לֵב

lēḇ

Pronunciation: labe

Definition:

  • Inner man, mind, understanding
  • Mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection
  • Conscience

Translations:

  • Heart 508x
  • Mind 12x
  • Midst 11x
  • Understanding 10x
  • Wisdom 6x

Diligence | מִשְׁמָר

mišmār

Pronunciation: mish-mawr'

Definition:

  • Place of confinement, prison
  • Jail, prison, guard-house
  • Guard, guard post, act of guarding
  • observances

Translations:

  • ward 12x
  • watch 4x
  • guard 3x
  • diligence 1x

Issues | תּוֹצָאוֹת

tôṣā'ôṯ

Pronunciation: to-tsaw-aw'

Definition:

  • outgoing, border, a going out, extremity
  • source (of life)
  • escape (from death)

Translations:

  • goings out 11x
  • outgoings 7x
  • going forth 2x
  • issues 2x
  • borders 1x

Life | חַי

ḥay

Pronunciation: khah'-ee

Definition:

  • life
  • sustenance, maintenance

Translations:

  • live 197x
  • life 144x
  • beast 76x
  • alive 31x
  • creature 15x

Paraphrase

[Watch] thy [mind, inner man] with all [guarding]; for out of it are the [source] of [sustenance, maintenance]. Proverbs 4:23

Cross References

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

Proverbs 23:19

Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Matthew 12:35

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Reflections

About God

What is in our hearts is of importance to God – he wants our hearts to be filled with good things.

About Self

It is my responsibility to make sure that what is in my heart is right with the Lord.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • How do I guard my own heart? Am I thinking on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report?
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