Proverbs 7:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 7:1, NIV: "My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you."

Proverbs 7:1, ESV: "My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;"

Proverbs 7:1, KJV: "My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee."

Proverbs 7:1, NASB: "My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you."

Proverbs 7:1, NLT: "Follow my advice, my son; always treasure my commands."

Proverbs 7:1, CSB: "My son, obey my words, and treasure my commands."

What does Proverbs 7:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As in previous chapters of Proverbs, Solomon urges his son to live according to his teaching. Like something expensive and worth protecting, these instructions should be valued.

Solomon's counsel to his son follows the pattern God established in the early history of Israel. Before the nation entered Canaan, it was urgent for that generation to be familiar with God's law. Therefore, the Lord instructed fathers to faithfully teach the laws to their children; they were to do this when at home, and when travelling, and when resting, and when working (Deuteronomy 6:7).

Like Solomon's son, we, too, should treat God's Word like a treasure. These teachings are more valuable than gold or silver. The psalmist testified: "The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces" (Psalm 119:72). The apostle Paul counsels us to let Christ's teachings dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).