Proverbs 4 “A Father’s Wise Advice”

Proverbs 4

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.  For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.   Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

PROVERBS 4 begins with a loving father speaking of his father who taught him wisdom which the loving father requirements to make an impression upon his son, to listen to his words and guidance and to maintain his commandments. The chapter is a mixture of advice which includes mostly keeping the commandments of God and holding back from following after the wicked; while at the same time it teaches the reader to make an effort to be ethically straight, true and presently in all their actions. This chapter also presents wisdom as a real person, such as a loving mother or sister who only desires the best for her child or brother.  Solomon seeks to instruct his hearers so that they come to accept divine wisdom which is necessary to salvation.

The wisdom of God, having the omniscient and being directed to man for his good, be a blessing to all who receive it, as it saves men from worldly and everlasting harm.

Nothing is as significant as the search of wisdom and understanding: with wisdom, all fine things will ultimately draw closer: without it, although individuals may have many fine things, they will ultimately be lost and do no lasting good.

The reality must be in the heart for it to have any realistic behavior on us. This is the way it will only be inspiring standard in us. The eyes study it, the mind ponders it, but only the heart can apply it.

He who refuses to hear the instruction of his father hurts himself, however in refusing to take a lead in the experience of his elders, he dooms himself to make the same mistakes over again that the older man had previously experienced. If only we would study from the previous generation(s), how much distress we would keep away from.

All temptations are attempts to turn us aside into sinful ways as an alternative of walking in the King’s highway of righteousness. Wisdom leads us into right ways: sin turns us to the right or to the left hand unto evil.  Let us ponder the path we tread.

When we follow wisdom, it will keep us from trouble by eliminating the possibility of it.


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