Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 5:1

My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Young Men;   The Topic Concordance - Alertness;   Disobedience;   Hearing;   Whoredom;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ear, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Prostitution;   Wisdom literature;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Hear, Hearing;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Proverbs, Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Proverbs book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Attend unto my wisdom - Take the following lessons from my own experience.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-5.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The formula of a new counsel, introducing another warning against the besetting sin of youth Proverbs 2:16.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-5.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Jamieson's short summary of this chapter is: "Here is a warning against the seductive arts of wicked women, enforced by considering the blessings and advantages of chastity, and the miserable end of the wicked,"[1]

Walls subdivided the chapter as follows:

(1) the teacher's appeal for strict attention (Proverbs 5:1-2),

(2) a description of the loose woman (Proverbs 5:3-6),

(3) an injunction to avoid her (Proverbs 5:7-8),

(4) a warning of that which befalls her victims (Proverbs 5:9-14), a call to cherish holy love in marriage (Proverbs 5:15-19), a reminder that adultery is a sin against God (Proverbs 5:20-23)."[2]

THE TEACHER'S APPEAL FOR STRICT ATTENTION

Proverbs 5:1-2

"My son, attend unto my wisdom;

Incline thine ear to my understanding:

That thou mayest preserve discretion,

And that thy lips may keep knowledge."

This solemn plea for strict attention indicates the importance of the severe warning against adultery that is about to be given, a subject briefly mentioned in 2:15-19. "The writer, in addition, will return to this subject again in the latter part of Proverbs 6 and in all of Proverbs 7."[3]

The emphasis given this subject in Proverbs is significant. "If a young man would take to heart the warnings and prohibitions in Proverbs and add those qualities mentioned in the Sermon on the Mount, he would be a perfect man. In Proverbs, the sins of the flesh, gluttony, wine-bibbing and fornication are presented in graphic detail with clear and specific warnings against them."[4] There is a possibility that Solomon, the author of these warnings, gave them such overwhelming emphasis because these were the very sins that ruined him.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-5.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

My son, attend unto my wisdom,.... Not the wisdom of the world or of the flesh, worldly wisdom and carnal policy; but spiritual and evangelical wisdom; such as one that is greater than Solomon has in him, even Christ; "for in him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge", Colossians 2:3; and which he teaches and communicates to others, even all proper instructions for conduct in life: the Gospel, and each of the doctrines of it, which are "the wisdom of God in a mystery", 1 Corinthians 2:7, these every child of God, and disciple of Christ, ought carefully and diligently to attend unto;

and bow thine ear to my understanding: listen attentively to those things which I have, and give an understanding of, even things divine and spiritual; the understanding of which is of the utmost moment and importance.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-5.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Proverbs 5:1-23. A warning against the seductive arts of wicked women, enforced by considering the advantages of chastity, and the miserable end of the wicked.

This connection of wisdom and understanding is frequent (Proverbs 2:2; Proverbs 3:7); the first denotes the use of wise means for wise ends; the other, the exercise of a proper discrimination in their discovery.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-5.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my understanding:

Ver. 1. My son, attend unto my wisdom.] Aristotle (a) could say that young men are but cross and crooked hearers of moral philosophy, and have much need to be stirred up to diligent attendance. Fornication is by many of them held a peccadillo; and Aristotle spareth not to confess the disability of moral wisdom to rectify the intemperance of nature; which also he made good in his practice, for he used a common strumpet to satisfy his lust.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-5.html. 1865-1868.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

CONTENTS

We have in this Chapter, and in a similar strain, to the former chapter, an exhortation to the study of Wisdom: and both the blessed effects of that study and the sad consequences of the neglect of it, are strikingly set forth.

Proverbs 5:1-6 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

It forms a delightful feature through the whole of this book of God; that the instructions given in it are all with a view to make the soul wise unto salvation, through the faith that is in Jesus Christ. For as the one great object to which the wise man directs the Whole attention is wisdom, or Christ under the character of wisdom; so the precepts he enjoins are all with an eye to him. I hope the Reader will not have overlooked this distinguishing character in the whole book. It is as if Solomon had said: If, my son, thou attend to wisdom, and art sweetly taught of Jesus, then will all those blessed effects follow, which mark the life of the faithful. Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/proverbs-5.html. 1828.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Proverbs 5:1. My son attend, &c.— There being nothing to which youth is so prone as to give up themselves to their fleshly desires, and nothing so pernicious to them as to converse with harlots, the wise man renews his cautions against impure lusts, as destructive of true wisdom; and with repeated entreaties begs attention to so weighty an argument, which here he prosecutes more largely, and presses not only with singular elegance, but powerful reasoning. The principal things to be learned in this chapter are, not to believe every thing to be good for us which pleases the flesh for the present; but in the beginning of any pleasure to look to the end of it; to avoid the company of harlots; to use due care in the choice of a wife; to love her very tenderly; and to restrain ourselves from inordinate affections by the consideration of God's omnipresence. See Bishop Patrick.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/proverbs-5.html. 1801-1803.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

EXHORTATIONS TO CHASTITY, Proverbs 5:1-14.

In this chapter the royal sage renews his exhortations to acquire wisdom, (Proverbs 5:1-2;) and, as there is nothing which is more pernicious in general, and more detrimental to the acquisition of wisdom in particular, than the unlawful indulgence of sexual desires, he earnestly dissuades his pupil therefrom by showing the character of a dissolute woman, and the ruinous consequences of attachment to such. These miserable effects are a loss of honour, time, health, and wealth, and at last a bitter and unavailing repentance, (Proverbs 5:3-14.) Therefore, for the avoidance of this evil, the teacher commends, like the apostle, (1 Corinthians 9:9 and 1 Timothy 4:3,) the chaste and moderate enjoyments of married life, and even a passionate love for one’s own wife, whom he describes, allegorically, as a domestic fountain, (Proverbs 5:15-19.) He closes the whole by repenting the warning against the “strange woman,” and exhibiting the fearful consequences of unlawful gratification, (Proverbs 5:20-23.)

1.Understanding — Discernment. Compare Proverbs 6:20; Proverbs 7:1.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-5.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

My son. See note on Proverbs 1:8.

understanding =. discernment.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-5.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

Proverbs 5:1-23.-Prefatory exhortation to the study of wisdom. Warning again the love of strange women, whose words are smooth, but who at last bring ruin on their followers (Proverbs 5:1-14). Exhortation to the love of one's own wife alone, because the Lord ponders men's ways, and the wicked shall be holden with the cards of his own sins (Proverbs 5:15-23).

My son, attend unto my wisdom ... my understanding - i:e., unto the words of wisdom and understanding which I address to thee.} He demands the youth's attention a to subject little thought of by the lovers of pleasure.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-5.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
attend
2:1; 4:1,20; Matthew 3:9; Mark 4:23; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22
bow
22:17; James 1:19
Reciprocal: Genesis 49:2 - hearken;  Job 33:33 - hearken;  Proverbs 1:8 - hear;  Proverbs 8:33 - Hear;  Proverbs 23:12 - General1 Thessalonians 2:11 - as

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:1". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-5.html.