Proverbs 4:23

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Keepe thy heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it {flow} the springs of life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And keep watch over your heart with all care; so you will have life.
- Basic English Bible

Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded; for out of it are the issues of life.
- Darby Bible

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
- Webster's Bible

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.
- World English Bible

Above every charge keep thy heart, For out of it [are] the outgoings of life.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Above all that thou guardest keep thy heart; for out of it are the issues of life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 4:23


4:23 Heart - Thy thoughts, will, and affections. For - From thence proceed all the actions, as of the natural, so of the spiritual life, which lead to eternal life.


Discussion for Proverbs 4

  • Irene Rogan
    Praying for you Love Joan
  • A disciple
    "Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23 Whenever the Lord confronts those who love Him, or those who opposed Him, He never speaks in terms of "if" or "how possibly" they should keep God's commandments, but rebukes them for their empty outward show and misrepresenting religion, and for making their own thoughts more important traditions than doing what God commands and tells plainly how it is the inner man of the heart that God sees and knows, out of which all our doings are either accepted or rejected of Him. Always, and in every case, it is a matter of the heart either being good and honest and working out a course in life according to the fear of God or, a hardened and selfish unclean heart that only seeks the praise of men and lives entirely by outward appearance. Out of the abundance of the heart the manner of life, and the true nature of the man. How many times does the Spirit say to us, My son, Let thine heart keep my commandments, and LIVE! Our spirit directs our eyes and ears, and presides over every matter of our hearts. By these are our actions performed and the intentions of our heart weighed, showing what kind we are to God.
  • Solomon
    Hosea 4.6
    My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. And I confess that most of the time I've been struggling to understand this verse. Which Knowledge the prophet is talking about? So, when reading the scriptures we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us to understand what God wants to say with that portion of Scripture, to avoid self interpretation and heresy. Very often we will need to compar
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 40:13 who hath directed the spirit of the lord or being HIS counsellor hath taught HIM --40:14--with whom took HE counsel and who instructed HIM and taught HIM in the path of judgement and taught HIM knowledge and showed HIM the way of understanding PROVERBS 21:16 the man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead 1 TIMOTHY 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law understanding neither what they say nor whereof they affirm 2 TIMOTHY 2:7 consider what I say and THE LORD give thee understanding in all things PROVERBS 8:14 counsel is mine and sound wisdom I am understanding I have strength PROVERBS 24:3 through wisdom --- is an house builded --- and by understanding it is established 1 CORINTHIANS 3:10 according to the grace of GOD which is given unto me --as a wise masterbuilder-- I have laid the foundation and another buildeth thereon but let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon
  • Alex
    The H.G. is the Granson, thats y Jesus refers to the H.G. as the Promise meaning mutiplication of himself by his seed. NO WAY AROUND IT, God has to be multiplied, the very fact that we have a Father and a Son begs the question of a Granson BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY an ISRAEL OF GOD MEANING THE MULTIPLICATION OF VERY GOD INHUMANITY Via that good seed th WORD,DAVIDS KINGDOM WAS FATHER SON AND GRANSON,GBU
  • Bruce
    Debra: Where in The Bible does it say The Holy Spirit is our mother? Blasphemy against The Holy Ghost is never Forgiving:Mark 3:29