Proverbs 4 continues to tout the importance and value of wisdom. Wisdom is not always the accumulation of facts, but also contains knowledge tested and proven reliable by experience. This learned wisdom is especially dependable when the source of it is God’s Word, the Bible.
This chapter rehearses some of the great benefits of obtaining true wisdom. It also encourages one to:
- Not to forget what you have learned
“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.” Proverbs 4:5-6 Also: Prov. 4:20-21.
- To exalt the value of making wise choices and discerning right from wrong (Prov. 4:8). Many regret bad decisions and choices. A wise person will have less from which to be ashamed or embarrassed.
“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Prov. 4:13
- Follow the direction discerning wisdom leads. It will usually keep you from wrong relationships and wrong decisions. The advice you received when you were younger about “staying away from that troublemaker,” if heeded, may have kept you from making a choice that you may now be sorry you made.
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.” Prov. 4:14-15, 19
- Do not be double-minded in following what you are impressed is the correct path. Too often, I have succumbed to pressure to do or make a decision that was contrary to what I thought was the best choice. I have always regretted changing my mind and then experiencing that it was the wrong decision, as I suspected.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Prov. 4:23, 27
- Think about what you are pondering to do. Often wrong paths are chosen from hasty decisions.
“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Prov. 4:26
All our life we make decisions. Foolish choices can result in regrets that we will have for many. Years to come. God’s advice is never wrong, and it will put one on a path that will at no time be lamented.
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Prov. 4:18
“Wisdom is only found in truth.” — Goethe
Words to Understand:
Froward: not willing to do what is required; unmanageable; not willing to be obedient
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 ¶ Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 ¶ My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.