He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.
Treasury of Scripture
Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh...
Proverbs 8:35,36 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD...
John 12:25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.
1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
he that keepeth
Proverbs 2:1-9 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you...
Proverbs 3:18,21 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her...
Proverbs 4:4,6,21 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live...
Proverbs 16:20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
Proverbs 22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall with be fitted in your lips.
Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
John 14:21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father...
ContextBetter is the Poor Man with Integrity
1Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 2Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hastens with his feet sins. 3The foolishness of man perverts his way: and his heart frets against the LORD. 4Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor. 5A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape. 6Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that gives gifts. 7All the brothers of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursues them with words, yet they are wanting to him. 8He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good. 9A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish. 10Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes. 11The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. 12The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as dew on the grass. 13A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. 14House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. 15Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. 16He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that despises his ways shall die. 17He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again. 18Chasten your son while there is hope, and let not your soul spare for his crying. 19A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if you deliver him, yet you must do it again. 20Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end. 21There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. 22The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. 23The fear of the LORD tends to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. 24A slothful man hides his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that has understanding, and he will understand knowledge. 26He that wastes his father, and chases away his mother, is a son that causes shame, and brings reproach. 27Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err from the words of knowledge. 28An ungodly witness scorns judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 29Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: He that keepeth understanding shall find good.
But he that possesseth a mind, loveth his own soul, and he that keepeth prudence shall find good things.
Darby Bible Translation
He that getteth sense loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
King James Bible
He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is getting heart is loving his soul, He is keeping understanding to find good.