Proverbs 4:1-4(KJV):"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."

Verses 1-4 These verses contain some important instructions for the present generation. Many children have become disrespectful of their fathers instructions, as well as anyone else in authority. This creates havoc in society. I thank God for the Christian youth who are serving God and are respectful to their elders. These ones are making a difference in their circle of friends. But, at present, they are a minority. We should all remember to pray for our young people. Throughout Scripture, children are admonished to obey their parents. The Bible also instructs fathers to be the right kind of parent. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with a promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4). Children are exposed to many ungodly influences through humanistic teachings, movies, television, music, and other things. As parents, we must teach them Gods ways. Many parents think that taking their children to Sunday school is sufficient for their Christian training, but Sunday school should be only a supplement to teaching them at home. When I was young, most of the churches, schools, and homes of theWest Texastown in which I was raised reinforced each other in teaching children moral values. It is sad today to see such a deterioration of society. We, as parents and grandparents, must be good examples to our children and grandchildren. We must talk about the Lord, read the Bible in our homes, and practice what it says, if we desire our children to be good Christians. And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deuteronomy 6:5-7). If we obey the Lord, weand our childrenwill be blessed. We are to pass the Bibles teachings down to our children just as our fathers passed them down to us. This spiritual inheritance will bless them more than any material thing we could ever leave them. Proverbs 4:5-9(KJV): "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. Verses 5-6 Proverbs often uses poetic imagery to express truths. Here, as in Chapter 1, Wisdom is personified as a woman. Wisdom is to be sought, loved, exalted, and regarded as the principal thing to obtain. Anyone who seeks wisdom must seek her diligently, like a man seeking the attention of the woman he loves. When he wins her, he must not neglect her. Wisdom is not to be forsaken any more than the woman a man wins and marries. The place to find wisdom is in Gods Word. That is also where we shall be able to keep her and forsake her not. Many people ask to be kept in safety by God and pray to that end, yet prayer alone is not enough; we must find and keep the Word of God. If we do not forsake Gods Word, but love it, then that very Word will preserve and keep us safe. Verse 7-9 Wisdom brings understanding. People who misunderstand Gods will and purposes become easy targets for the devil. Satan easily talks some Christians out of their rightful inheritance. Because they have no faith, they cannot receive Gods promises. That is why some Christians are overcomers and some are overcome. God does not love one of His children more than another. He loves us all equally, and is no respecter of persons (Acts10:34-35). However, God is a respecter of His Word. A Christian who knows and applies the Word of God, has an advantage over one who does not. For example, if I read that Jesus died so that I might not only be saved, but also healed (Isaiah 53:4-3; John 1:2-3), I can appropriate healing by faith because God told me in His Word that He has provided healing for me, and He does not lie. However, if I have never studied those portions of the Bible, I may remain ill; deprived of my healing. This does not mean that God does not love me; it simply means that I am ignorant of that promise and may not even know to pray for healing. Proverbs 4:10-13(KJV): "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.

Verses 10-13 Many of the instructions in Proverbs promote longevity of life. One of those teachings is that children obey their parents. Those who disobey may expose themselves to dangerous situations that can ultimately take their lives. Many young people think they are smarter than their parents; calling them oldfashioned and saying that they do not know what they are talking about. They do not recognize that with age comes something only time can produce: experience. In failing to take advantage of their elders experiences, they miss opportunities to learn valuable lessons that can keep them from harm and prevent them from making the same mistakes that their elders made. The warning to men to stay away from loose women (and women from lustful men) also brings long life if heeded. Those who remain chaste before marriage avoid emotional pain and the risk of sexually-transmitted diseases. Virgins enter marriage free from the emotional scars of previous relationships or the stigma of disease which they could transmit to their spouse. Heeding the admonishment to avoid bad company also adds years to ones life. Getting involved with the wrong kind of people, and choosing their ways rather than the Lords can lead to ruin and even death. It is true that there is no honor among thieves. Members of the wrong crowd commit all kinds of crimes, including theft. If they steal from others, in time they will steal from you, even if they claim to be your friends. They can also stoop to murder, and you could be a victim of their anger and lack of morals. These are but a few of the things that the Bible mentions we should avoid in order to obtain the promise of long life. In following Gods instructions and applying godly wisdom, we will not stumble and fall, but will walk in the pathway of life. When we are determined to walk in Gods ways, He watches over us, keeping us from the evils that Satan wants to bring upon us. Proverbs 4:14-19(KJV): "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. Verses 14-17 Proverbs often illustrates spiritual truths through contrasting statements. God teaches wisdom by warning us not to go the way of darkness, but to walk in the light. Verse 15 stresses that we must avoid the path of sin; not even going near it. Many find themselves on the wrong path simply because they do not stay away from places that lead them into temptation. We must flee temptation so we will not be ensnared by the devil. Jesus taught His disciples to pray that they would not be led into temptation, but delivered from evil (Luke 11:1-4). This does not infer that God leads us into temptationHe never does. We

are led there when we yield to our own lusts. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:13-15). Verses 18-19 The way of the wicked is darkness; those walking therein stumble and fall. Sin always activates the death principle; producing sickness, fear, poverty, strife, jealousy, and so forth. The way of the wicked is contrasted with the path of the just which is as the shining light. The just can see where they are going. When we walk with Jesus, our path becomes brighter; every day we see more clearly to follow Him better. Proverbs 4:20-22(KJV): "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. Verse 20 Attend to my words simply means to pay attention to my words. We can hear the Word of God with our physical ears without paying attention to it. Incline thine ear (verse 20) means to listen with our spiritual ears or ears of our hearts. Many times after speaking to a multitude, Jesus is recorded as saying, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (for example, Mark 4:2-9). He knew that no one can hear what the Spirit is saying unless we have a proper heart attitude; willing to hear Him. That is why those who do not know Jesus cannot understand the Bible. They may agree it is a book of history or literature, but cannot spiritually understand it until they are converted. To be converted, we must come to God in humility, accepting that we are sinners who are separated from Him. We must turn from sin and give our lives to Jesus. Until we acknowledge our sins and ask forgiveness for the cause of our guilt, we will never be free from it. It will eventually lead us right into hell. It is not Gods will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was nailed to the cross by ungodly men for no sin of His own. He was innocent of wrongthe only Man who was perfect and sinless. He willingly took our sins by accepting a death that He did not deserve. He was raised from the dead by His Father and given life and authority over the powers of darkness. God now imparts that same life and authority to all who will come to Him and receive His provision for their sin, for ...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7). Verse 21 We should not only read Gods Word diligently, but hide it in our hearts. If we desire to grow in faith and wisdom and be pleasing to God, we must apply His Word to everything in life.

Verse 22 If we apply His word, we will experience true life. That life is not just a spiritual encounter, although spiritual rebirth is a glorious experience. By applying Gods Word, we can also have physical health. The Lord wants to make us whole in spirit, soul, and body! Proverbs 4:23-27(KJV): "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." Verse 23 Proverbs is a wonderful book from which to teach our children the wisdom to become overcomers. This verse goes to the very heart of what determines our destinies; the issues of life that come from our hearts. We are born in wickedness, having inherited a sin nature from our forefathers, beginning with Adam. It will destroy us unless we come to Jesus for a heart cleansing. Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man (Matthew15:11). Verse 24 We are commanded to guard our hearts; to be cautious of what we embrace and take into our spirits, and to stop speaking things that are not right. Obedience in these two areas determines the kind of life we have on earth. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7a). We must put away a froward tongue and stop gossiping, lying, criticizing, and so forth. Through this sort of talk, we can release curses upon others. Eventually, we will receive them back upon ourselves, because we reap what we sow. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be (James 3:6-10). We will be unable to tame our tongues unless we allow Jesus to help us, for our mouth problem is actually a heart problem. To correct it, we must ask the Lord to cleanse our hearts. We must speak Gods Word over ourselves and others. Verses 25-27 Notice that not only is the heart mentioned, but the mouth, the eyes, and feet. To live righteously and walk in Gods blessing and wisdom, we

your duty is certain and important. who are bound to be diligent in their teaching (I Tim 4:13-16.514 years. Children. and attend to know understanding. No man had a single verse of the Bible for 2. You are a fool if you despise the teaching of your father (Pr 15:5). Eph 6:1-3. especially fathers (Pr 23:22. One of them had a promised blessing attached to it: the commandment for children to honor their parents (Ex 20:12. They need to be taught and instructed. 78:1-8. With men living as long as 969 years in the case of Methusaleh (Gen 5:27).20-25. 29:15. Joel 1:1-3.17). minds. They arrive without understanding (Pr 22:15). or they will default to the depraved impulses of their wicked hearts and/or the world's profane ideas (Pr 1:8. II Cor 6:13). Col 3:20). Heb 13:7. Is 38:19. comfort. 6:20-23). you must pay careful attention to hear and obey the instruction you receive from your parents. the instruction of a father. do you attentively listen to your father to learn what he has to teach you? Fathers. Ps 34:11. Proverbs 4:1 Hear. Child obedience to parents was enforced in this just and holy nation by the death penalty (Deut 21:18-21). Children. ye children. This honor. there was also word of mouth from grandfathers to grandsons! Our proverb was very important! In 1532 BC. Deut 4:9. Children are God's gift to married. do you teach your children? Demand their attention? Give wise instruction? We should all listen attentively to the instruction of our Heavenly Father and His ministers. Deut 5:16). . You must train your children in the fear of the Lord and perpetuate the truth of God through them and their children (Pr 22:6. your father already has more wisdom than you can imagine exists in the universe! Fathers. And it is the duty of their hearers to attentively hear their instruction and obey it (I Thess 5:20. and charge children (I Thess 2:11). 30:17). godly parents (Ps 127:3).must make a total commitment and serve God with all of our hearts. included obedience to their instruction (Lev 19:3. II Tim 4:1-4). There was no Scripture in the world until 1532 BC. Eph 6:4). Paul presumed that fathers exhort. which extends to all ages of parents and children. from father to son. and physical beings. 71:18. Josh 24:15. All the instruction came by word of mouth. Ministers are spiritual fathers (I Cor 4:14-15. God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel. When you are old enough to think you know something. 6:4-9. Gen 18:19.

to do justice and judgment" (Gen 18:19). or the system of principles.Our Heavenly Father teaches us by the ministry of His word (Luke 8:4-18). Fathers should teach good doctrine. If you are a father. hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD" (Ps 34:11). Dear reader. Moses commanded fathers to teach their sons. He is AWOL! . "Come. It can guide four generations . and by the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:17. Even when the duty seemed overwhelming. He ordered. "And these words. attends their Little League games. they should tell their sons it is good. He heard and obeyed His Father (Matt 26:39). ye children. The Lord Jesus Christ heard all His Father taught. are you obedient in the various duties of this proverb? If you are a child. and when thou liest down. and pays for a big wedding.. This doctrinal instruction from father to son can have far reaching effects. and they give it authoritatively to their children. and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house. and when thou risest up" (Deut 6:6-7). and when thou walkest by the way. they should know their doctrine is good. To be good doctrine. and their sons should keep it. which is given as final truth on a particular subject. for He declared plainly that He always did those things that pleased Him (John 8:29). you must heed any parental instruction. which I command thee this day. Both are to humble themselves to hear God and His ministers. Doctrine is teaching and instruction. that he will command his children and his household after him. and their children another generation" (Joel 1:3). and let your children tell their children. or more! Where are fathers? The typical Christian father today sends the kids to Sunday School for a woman to teach them. by chastening (Pr 3:11-12).. "Tell ye your children of it. it must be instruction or principles based on God's word. brings home enough cash flow for three modest families to subsist on. "For I know him. forsake ye not my law. and attended to all His instruction. Godly fathers are not confused or timid men. locks out adult channels on the television cable. shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children. Proverbs 4:2 For I give you good doctrine. They know they have the truth and wisdom the world does not have. It is our solemn duty to attentively hear all that He teaches us by any of these means. 3:14-19). David said to his family. and they shall keep the way of the LORD. by our conscience (Pr 20:27). sends them to a secular university. you must be teaching and training your children. God said of Abraham.

Where are the pastors to give fathers a holy example? They have abdicated their office to the minister of music. but celebrate for joy of understanding (Neb 8:9-12)? Would you ask for the same kind of service the next seven days (Neh ." They are the butt of most family jokes. and disregard them. the babblings of egotistical idiots in love with themselves (Is 8:20. and ignored in court. reformation. and minister of building programs.They are a despised species! They are demeaned at school. who preached a male view of God and the psychologically-damaging concept of hell. They usually get ten minutes to preach to sleepy hearers in sandals and tank tops. Real pastors laugh at the conspiracy. 32:46-47).13-15). 6:24-25. and fundraising took most of the service. Holy Bible. They are a despised species! Their heroes in the faith .mighty men who thundered sound doctrine . righteousness. since they know only eight were in the ark and twenty-three million in the water! They are going to preach the word intensely. They despise any opinion contrary to God's Word (Ps 119:98-100. mocked in movies. in spite of marketing surveys showing universal demand for fables and entertainment (II Tim 4:1-4). They are not moved by men or angels preaching or suggesting anything else (Job 32:6-10. Gal 1:6-9. and righteousness. the inspired Scriptures! They know that everything else is mere drivel and twaddle. They know they have more truth and wisdom than the local school board combined and squared. 4:1-2. the Holy Bible. Real fathers laugh at the conspiracy. especially their wives and children. do you love sound doctrine? Or are you part of the feminine movement to replace Bible preaching with entertainment and sharing sessions? Could you stand all day to hear the Word of God read distinctly and the proper sense given (Neh 8:1-8)? Would you? Could you grieve for your sins. Reader. who "need to say something. They say boldly. and they are going to blast the trumpet of repentance. I Tim 6:3-5. placate them. interpretive dance. conspire against them. Jesus rap. and life to make men and nations great (Deut 4:5-10.are ridiculed or ignored as Neanderthal tyrants out of touch with their feminine side. They are browbeaten by the deacon board and warned by the denominational headquarters to keep the message watered down to be politically correct and keep the unregenerate attending. "I give you good doctrine!" What is their textbook and manual? The Word of God. and inspired Scriptures! They know they are perfectly prepared for any and all ministerial work with simply the Bible (II Tim 3:16-17). They are browbeaten at home by overbearing wives. What is their textbook and manual? The same Word of God. II Cor 2:17.20-21). They don't care about numbers. steal from them. for children's theater. They have an office and mandate from heaven. They also have an office and mandate from heaven. They know they have wisdom. and they are going to do their job with confidence and zeal. minister of sports.128). 11:3-5. Kids learn to avoid them. ridiculed on television. They fear no man.

and so did David. you should do it confidently and dogmatically. pay attention! Humble yourself! Do not forsake forget or neglect or disregard . Listen to him. they have done nothing more than animals . Thank him."I was my father's son" . And the practical application of parental love in teaching wisdom is the lesson you are to learn from this proverb. and she went to bat for him. tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. You should teach your children. If a man impregnates a woman. and his deathbed advice was also very wise (I Kings 2:1-9. and they raise the child. when it appeared the crown might be given to a sibling competitor (I Kings 1:11-40). Solomon knew his father especially loved him . and the woman gives birth to a baby. Children are a blessing. See the comments on 31:2. Stand up. It is your duty to prove all things and hold fast that which is good (I Thess 5:21).they have reproduced their species. Pastor. II Sam 23:1-7). God loved Solomon. but they bring responsibilities. and you should enforce it. David's advice at Solomon's coronation was glorious (I Chron 28:1-21).his law.women who love them dearly and do anything to prepare them for manhood. you stand between mankind and their total destruction. Bathsheba also taught Solomon (Pr 1:8. especially his son. When he brings God's Word and his doctrine. The book of Proverbs is primarily Solomon's fatherly advice to his children. God chose Solomon from all of David's sons to be the next king of Israel. Father.and his father taught him many things (Pr 4:1-9). It is your duty to search the Scriptures faithfully to see if what you are hearing is right (Acts 17:11). Preach the Word! The Lord is with you! Proverbs 4:3 For I was my father's son. your father knows more than you can even imagine. The greatest men have such mothers . Your family's future depends on it. Solomon appealed to the great love his parents had for him to explain the motive for their instruction of him (Pr 4:3-9).8:13-18)? Do you know how to find sound doctrine? It is only in the Holy Bible. for he wanted his children to understand his great desire to teach them as well (Pr 4:1-2). Honor him for his efforts. for the scriptures are profitable for doctrine. even though she had four sons. You have good doctrine. at your disposal is the truth and wisdom of God. 30:1). She tenderly loved him every minute of his life. . Bathsheba also loved Solomon very much. A true father and mother will love each child! And they will make sure they carefully teach wisdom to each child! Solomon's parents were David and Bathsheba. 6:20. and be counted among God's mighty men of valor! Child.

How serious is the matter? Life or death or hell! Proper training can save your child from a premature death or a dysfunctional life of hell on earth (Pr 23:13-14). "Come.15)! What kind of a destiny are you giving them today? How serious is the matter? Fathers are commanded to teach wisdom to their children (Eph 6:4). when they were sitting in their houses. David and Bathsheba loved Solomon. feeding. 3:15). to save them from folly. you will be the glory of your children (Pr 17:6). clothing. and education for them! Are you giving them moral success before God and good men by teaching them the fear of the Lord and wisdom of God contained in this very book? Father. If you fulfill this duty carefully and sincerely. so they taught him! Do you love your children? It has nothing to do with sentimental feelings and providing food. as Samuel and Timothy (I Sam 1:24-28. Homework is not wisdom . and they have wonderful children.you are corrupting their minds away from God's wisdom! A liberal arts degree is a license to insane thinking! Get real! Teach them something of value! David said.the wisdom of Proverbs and the Bible. and supporting them financially. and going to bed at night (Deut 6:4-9). Moses commanded Israel's fathers to diligently teach their children. you control the future destiny of your child in this world (Pr 22:6. help us! A child is an eternal soul. on loan from its Creator. walking by the way. clothing. if you are not engaged in serious efforts to teach them the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of the Bible. you have done nothing more than what animals do. And you have done nothing more than what pagan parents do for their children! Lord. 13:24.Animals give birth! Animals nurse their young! Animals bring home the bacon! Animals teach their young to survive! Animals assist in a family kill! Animals die and leave a family lair or den to their young! But you are not an animal! If your parenting is primarily reproducing. 19:18. shelter. sending them to school. And this matter does not stop when your children move out. this has nothing to do with tiredness at the end of a day! The parts of every day must be viewed as training opportunities. and destruction in their lives (Pr 3:12. and widows are to be neglected if they have not performed this most important part of being a mother (I Tim 5:9-10). trouble. Do you love your child? Then you will reprove and spank them. Parent. Great women take this job seriously. A woman fulfilling this duty carefully and sincerely will be praised by her children (Pr 31:28). rising up in the morning. You must teach each child God's wisdom . this is not a choice! Father. II Tim 1:3-5.the vast majority of it is simply drivel and twaddle! Paying their way through a university is worse . Neglect of this training will bring you perpetual shame (Pr 29:15). ye children. Do it now. hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD" (Ps 34:11). before they learn bad habits! Do not spare for their crying! The blessed God of heaven declares that you hate your children. for grandchildren are also . 29:17). while there is hope! Do it betimes.

Joel 1:1-3). they graduate the most morally bankrupt and socially dysfunctional generation the world has ever seen. and you want to thank Him and them. immoral. and preparing an eternal inheritance in heaven for them (Matt 25:34. You do not have to repeat history and send your children under-loved and poorly prepared into life. What is the gospel? The news of this adoption! . Do you love your child? Do not measure your affection by the standards of this bestial generation. for He neither consulted you nor them. Eph 1:3-12).God the Father. Seuss." Lord. God had great mercy on you in giving you good parents. the wisdom of Proverbs.your responsibility (Ps 71:18. prayer-outlawing. If you have merely raised them and tenderly provided for them. thank Him for this proverb and break the cycle of ungodly parenting and dysfunctional families in your family tree. Rom 8:29-39. forced busing to the public zoo. Sesame Street. They are only the crown of old men.25. if they are walking in the way of righteousness and wisdom (Pr 17:6). and a foolish grandson is still the fault of the lazy grandfather. Dr. 19:13). degenerate descendants of monkeys! Brainwashing them for 20 years from K-3 to a master's degree. truthdespising. Learn the lesson of wisdom here! Teach them the fear of the LORD. A foolish son is the calamity and shame of his whole family (Pr 10:1. parent-ridiculing. Bible-deriding. an all-expense-paid-four-year-party at a daycare for the hormonallycrazed in another state. and a gala wedding to some person they "love. There is only one perfect parent . you have done nothing more than gerbils and skunks do for their young. Praise His glorious and sovereign name! If you did not have such parents. measure your love by the standard of God's holy and inspired Scriptures. bottle feeding. the glory of Jesus Christ. and the life-changing hope of eternity! Have you had such parents yourself? Then bless and praise the God of heaven and thank your parents if they are still living. 78:1-8. MTV. goofy mobiles. who did not train his son to be a godly father! The world's idea of child training is Benjamin Spock. 17:21. So He chose to adopt some by pure mercy. Viewing the orphanage of sinful mankind. the precious grace of God in the salvation of His elect. paying for them by the death of His Son. help us! Their idea of education is a scope and sequence devised by God-hating. a car at fifteen. dating at fourteen. His choice was by pure grace and kindness. He could not find even one that understood or sought Him (Ps 14:1-3). You can start a new family tree and create a living illustration of love and wisdom in your family. creating a new nature in them by His Spirit.

The only source document on earth is the Word of God. God has given pastors and teachers to guide us in understanding His word (Neh 8:8. . You must hold fast the profession of the apostolic faith without wavering and not be moved away from the true gospel (II Thess 2:15. Holding wisdom tight in your memory. Heb 10:23). and he went on his way rejoicing. Mal 2:7. Luke 11:13). It is to this more sure word we are to take heed (II Pet 1:19-21). "How can I. While these duties could make Solomon's son a great king. the eunuch said. II Tim 2:2). To achieve your maximum success before God and men. get understanding: forget it not. or will you do. they can make you great in the sight of the Lord. There are three instructions in this proverb. Paul prayed for the Ephesian saints to be enlightened by the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the things of God (Eph 1:17-18). When Philip asked the eunuch if he understood what he was reading. you must get wisdom and understanding. neither reading nor hearing preaching will work well. Paul feared for the Corinthians. Have you taken advantage of the gracious privilege? If you have even a small desire to learn this proverb. But without the blessing of God's spirit. What have you done. ministers. he was quickly baptized. you must not forget wisdom once you learn it. you must also hold it tight in your practice. You cannot decline away from what you have been taught. remember wisdom. and follow wisdom. It should be your daily delight (Job 23:12. You must not backslide. The inspired Scriptures are perfect for teaching wisdom (II Tim 3:14-17). It is then our duty to remember what we learn. and prayer to obtain wisdom and understanding. you are blessed. The first instruction is to get wisdom and understanding. except some man should guide me?" (Acts 8:30-31). Heb 2:1-4). There would be no Roman Catholic Church. to get wisdom and understanding? Solomon exhorted his son to get wisdom. Philip preached Jesus to him. for any other opinion has no light at all (Is 8:20). and you must not backslide away from keeping it. Our brother Paul taught that the purpose of a local church is to help one another keep the faith (Heb 3:12-13. neither decline from the words of my mouth. Ps 19:10).Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom. 10:24-25). today. And the Lord has promised to give wisdom and His Spirit liberally to those who ask for them (James 1:5. The blessed God has offered wisdom and understanding to simple men. It is your duty to meditate upon the things you are taught and not let them slip away (Pr 6:2022. if the church at Rome had followed this pattern. Having used Scripture. for they had forgotten some of his teaching regarding the resurrection (I Cor 15:1-2).

Her words are powerful. huddled. Americans appreciate the idea of a great woman protecting them. her image is powerful. He taught me also . He must not forsake her. teachers. A wise reader will consider David's words. and the Bible offer. But most of all. which is where the God of heaven has revealed the rules for you to have a successful and prosperous life and eternity (Deut 29:29. and he must love her. Solomon encouraged his son by appealing to the relationship and training he had received from his father. 4:14). yet available to any man. and she shall preserve thee: love her. yearning to breathe free. But if you will hold and love wisdom. Who is this woman? She is the wonderful Lady Wisdom. She has been a beacon of freedom to millions of immigrants and a sign of safety to returning soldiers. 119:98-100. It is David's creation here. Every man needs her. Isaiah 8:20. What will you do with wisdom? What have you done today with the book of wisdom. She will keep and preserve him from failure." (Pr 4:3-4). and homeless masses.. If you forsake the wisdom your parents. There is a great woman who will keep you safe from pain and trouble. II Tim 3:16-17. is choosing to be a failure in life. but it is much harder to determine where its ends and Solomon's resumes.130. If he meets these simple conditions.104. for his life depends on his relationship to her. Your parents taught you wisdom first. poor.Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not. Your life depends on how you treat the wisdom you are offered. We understand David's instruction to Solomon to begin at 4:4. She is perfect and beautiful. for Solomon had just described his childhood.. the Bible? Have you humbled yourself before its understanding and truth? . I Tim 6:3-5. Ps 19:7-11. wisdom is found in the pages of the Bible. After that. teachers and pastors attempted to teach you. who forsakes Lady Wisdom. she will look out for him and cause him to prosper. Young men think a lot about women. "For I was my father's son. for they have in New York Harbor the grand figure of Lady Liberty holding aloft her torch to light the way for the tired. The lesson is simple. and accept the lesson. it can deliver you from the dysfunctional difficulties that most live with every day. then you will suffer the painful consequences of a foolish life. and she shall keep thee. The man who neglects this book. and the combination is very powerful. so David personified wisdom as a woman to get his son's attention with this enticing figure of speech. tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. visualize the image. Consider this wonderful endorsement of the book of Proverbs! The illustrious David contributed to its valuable content both directly by composing proverbs and indirectly by teaching Solomon.

With it. Wisdom is the power of right judgment . and it is also an important goal. life's difficulties are simple. Without them. It is knowing how to think. With it. trouble. Here is the key verse of Proverbs! These are King David's words to his son Solomon (Pr 4:1-9)." as if it were the noblest human goal! But they fail to realize learning without wisdom or understanding is worse than worthless. a person cannot even start to obtain wisdom. calculus is a waste of time. Finding wisdom brings life and God's favor. America spends billions on education. nor if it was discovered. It is the basis for victorious living. but neither wisdom nor understanding is part of any curriculum! Parents sacrifice for their children to "get an education.Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing. It is your duty and blessed privilege to consider this wonderful opportunity and seek wisdom. men make choices that bring them pain. the most important of life. you will bring dysfunction and trouble upon yourself and your family. and they can avoid the snares and traps of seducing sins. And unless you work for NASA. It is mankind's folly and trouble that any other ambition ever competes with this chief goal. and even death. Understanding is the power of discernment . An educated fool is worse than an ignorant fool (Pr 26:12)! It does not matter who discovered Bolivia. men can see what others miss. A bachelor's degree takes 17 years of formal education. for it gives false confidence in knowledge that cannot protect your life and leads to bad choices. and act to please both God and men. speak. men are confused and perplexed. men are easily deceived and led astray. poverty.the most important matter in life. of any modern nation. but the degree is granted without any consideration of wisdom. They explain the purpose of the book of Proverbs. They describe the greatest goal for any life . Wisdom is the principal thing . peace. Without it. but it is not in the scope and sequence of any grade. therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. you can bask in pleasant prosperity. though it does give students an excuse for a lower grade point average! Regurgitating facts you will never use in the real world is one of the greatest hoaxes ever sold. prosperity. 9:10). But these vital prerequisites are . men make choices that bring them health. Without understanding. Without wisdom.the ability to choose the correct solution for any situation. and life. Understanding is connected to wisdom. Wisdom is the principal thing. With it. Wisdom and understanding require knowing and fearing God (Pr 1:7. If you make it a priority to get wisdom and understanding. neglecting it wrongs your own soul and brings death (Pr 8:35-36).the important pursuit of wisdom and understanding. Here is success defined and exalted! What will you do with this axiom of life for yourself and your children? If you neglect this matter.to see beyond what meets the eye and recognize the inherent faults or merits of a thing. of any state.

Eph 6:4. Jesus grew in wisdom and in favor with God and man. Your children should be totally established in a Creator God. Health! Which is quite worthless. among other heresies. You have daily opportunities in our confused and profane world to identify the foolishness of man and show the answer of wisdom . 17:16. a few hours of restricted television. It is the blessed privilege of the righteous to mock and ridicule the ignorance of fools! Wisdom takes a commitment (Pr 18:1). 18:2). do you think Miss Huckleberry at the local Middle School is going to do it? Most pastors and churches don't even do it today! Parent! Wisdom may be summarized as a Bible worldview. which is perfect in every part. if your stronger and longer life is used to extend your dysfunctional living (Pr 13:15). If you do not teach them. I Tim 6:3-5. II Tim 3:15). It is your duty to learn wisdom from the Bible. and it is your duty to teach it to your children (Deut 6:49. and contains the factual knowledge of Jesus Christ. You must redeem your time for the pursuit (Eph 5:15-17). Yet it is easy for those who love it and seek it with humble readiness (Pr 8:17. Do not let the world or devil distract you with frivolous and worthless pursuits.wisdom and understanding. Who has revealed absolute truth in the Bible.straight from the Word of God. Parent! What are you doing with and for your children? Are you teaching them the power of right discernment and right judgment? Do you have these abilities yourself? Or do you think you are a great parent by giving them three squares a day.to focus on the principal things .20). and any thoughts contrary to the Word of God are dark ignorance (Ps 119:128. Is 8:20. . for it requires the careful diligence that hunting for hidden treasure requires (Pr 2:1-9). and these are the right goals for you and your family. as many of Solomon's proverbs do. and pantheism.forbidden and ridiculed in our nation's institutions of "higher learning"! What higher learning are they pursuing? Irrelevant facts and insane reasoning! Facts without a valuable context are irrelevant.getting rid of unnecessary noise and distraction . humanism. the devil. and reasoning without a First Cause and moral absolutes is hallucination. What are the main goals of our so-called enlightened nation? Pleasure! We are no better than the Epicurean madness of the Greeks (Acts 17:16-34). Money! Which is the root of all evil and drowns men in destruction (I Tim 6:6-10). naturalism. the origin and end of man. Parent! Wisdom may be seen clearly by comparing it to folly. 14:6). eternal punishment. The world is drunk with nihilism. and perfect rules for society. a commitment to reject your thoughts (Pr 3:5. It cannot be a part-time pursuit. May God bless His children to simplify their lives . and picking them up from soccer practice? What a disgusting shame! Parent! Wisdom is found in the Word of God.

Let every parent understand the importance of such training.16. Solomon’s personification of wisdom. God and men will bless your effort and emphasis. Citizens and enemies considered him like an angel (I Sam 29:9. What did he think of Scripture? He thought it more valuable than much fine gold and more pleasant than honey and honeycomb (Ps 19:10. 9:13-18). He remembered his own father teaching him. had a heart like God’s. Exalt and embrace wisdom. . 8:1-36.111. love her with fervent appreciation. and she will bring you greatness. and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour. 16:16). 4:5-13. David exalted and embraced wisdom. 18:11). Diligently pursue it like you would a hidden treasure (Pr 2:1-5. The highest goal for any man is to be like the Lord Jesus Christ. Sacrifice anything in order to get it. II Sam 7:8).Proverbs 4:8 Exalt her. understanding. so the LORD made him king over Israel. Promotion and honor are simple. by wisdom.162)! Where did he want to be more than anywhere else? In church (Ps 84:10)! Who were his only friends? Men fearing God and keeping his commandments (Ps 119:63)! How often did he pray? Three times a day (Ps 55:17)! How did he approach God? In humble self-examination (Ps 139:23-24)! Did he praise the Lord? Seven times a day (Ps 119:164)! How can you exalt wisdom? Make it your top priority (Pr 4:7. David. and all Israel loved him (I Sam 18:5. he also told of wonderful Lady Wisdom and her great benefits for men (Pr 1:20-33. no matter what others think or what it might cost (Pr 29:25. 119:127). Wisdom brings promotion and honor. Dan 1:6). and knowledge. even friends (Pr 13:20. 2:4. How did He gain such wonderful success? He increased in wisdom. There are four feminine pronouns in this proverb referring to Lady Wisdom. Make wisdom the most important goal of your life. How often did he think about the Bible? Day and night (Ps 1:2)! What was his greatest treasure? The Bible (Ps 119:14. Consider his great example well. Who grew in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). 7:1-4.30. and you will be promoted and honored by God and men. 23:23). What are you waiting for? Solomon here repeated what David had taught him about pursuing wisdom (Pr 4:5-9). which is the ability to judge and act rightly in life. How did he get this glorious reputation? He committed himself to wisdom (Ps 101:1-8). Lady wisdom promoted and honored him. discretion. Put it into practice. when thou dost embrace her. It is by wisdom that any person can find approval of God and man. While he warned against the strange woman (Pr 7:5-27. and he repeated the valuable instruction for the benefit of his son (Pr 4:3-4). II Sam 14:17). 9:1-5). 3:13-18.

wealth. 8:17. When a new religious law was passed. Much more could be said. What is the one best choice to enhance your life and reputation? Make wisdom and understanding most important in your life (Pr 4:7-8)! Solomon told his children the rule he had received from his father. or any other vain thing. After killing Goliath and entering public office. Love it more than anything else (Pr 4:6. Because of this incredibly prudent choice by Solomon. he disregarded it. David's reputation rose rapidly due to his great wisdom in conducting his affairs (I Sam 18:14-16). And the LORD also gave him riches.21). honor. He knew wisdom was the most important commodity on earth. He told the hard truth even when contrary to kings’ desires. He rejected a strange woman simply out of fear of God. and taken 500 miles to Babylon. Sold into slavery. the destruction of his enemies. though at great cost. sterilized. I Cor 15:33). he rejected the king’s religion. No wonder Solomon knew what to ask. God and men will bless your effort and emphasis. 14:7. Compared to foolish and profane Saul. Exalt and embrace her in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Solomon was set in every way! And how? By putting wisdom first! David knew about the importance of wisdom. David and Bathsheba had taught him to get wisdom above all else and not forsake it (Pr 4:1-8). Despise and reject anything that is contrary to it (Pr 8:13. women. no matter the cost. and His saints with all your heart. Avoid anyone or anything that tempts you away from it (Pr 9:6. He did not ask for long life. Promotion and honor will come! Proverbs 4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. What happened? He was the highest administrator in the world’s greatest empire for 70 years! If God and men have not promoted and honored you. when God offered him anything he desired (I Kgs 3:5)! His parents had taught him well. His church. he obeyed his father better than any of them. Seek His Word. humble yourself and confess your neglect of wisdom. and a long life as additional rewards for the wise choice (I Kgs 3:13-14). Solomon told his children to pursue the very same goal. he served diligently and faithfully. Joseph was promoted and honored. David was a . Though having ten older brothers. Ps 119:128). but what happened? He rose quickly to be next to Pharaoh in power. 8:11).How can you embrace wisdom? Value and cherish it as a precious asset (Pr 3:15. Daniel was promoted and honored. He wanted wisdom and understanding (I Kgs 3:6-10). God gave him a wise and understanding heart greater than any other man's (I Kgs 3:11-12). Captured.

you will be sorely disappointed. speak. What if your child gets a PhD. obeying. and turmoil! Ty Cobb had athletic success. and your whole life will be a painful experiment in vain and vexing futility! Seek wisdom and understanding from the preserved Scriptures of God and live a fulfilling and successful life! If you do not even know how to get started. It begins with the fear of the Lord (Pr 1:7.paragon of virtue and wisdom. How did you read this proverb? As a burden? With only casual interest? Or with craving zeal? How many minutes of this day have you dedicated to pursuing the wisdom of God? You cannot cheat the law of heaven! If you seek to find fulfillment or success by any other means. had great advantages and potential. speak. pain. lots of it! But he spent his life hating. you have missed it. and applying it to life situations. A wise and understanding heart comes from walking with God. what about yourself? Do you understand the importance of wisdom and understanding? Without them. and act as God would. Grace and glory await those who will diligently seek wisdom (Pr 1:9. If you praise their financial or professional successes. plays professional basketball. He will liberally answer your prayer for wisdom (James 1:5). John F. or help him secure the favor of God and good men (Pr 22:1. These few examples pursued sin to their hurt. If you emphasize academic education of your children. you have missed it. David. and it builds on that by the word of God (Ps 19:7-10). 18:1). and plows his earnings into successful businesses that make him a billionaire? Has he achieved success? Have you helped him? No! No! Because none of these things will help him in the important matters of life. It is learning to think. 9:10). which is plainly revealed in Scripture. and life spat them out like poison! David was youngest of eight sons and a shepherd. learning Scripture. and applying Scripture vigorously (Ps 1:1-3. you have missed it. do you grasp this proverb? The most important thing you can teach your children is wisdom. 119:98-100. lots of it! But her life was filled with loneliness. Kennedy. Saul envied David. but her light was put out in obscure darkness! Elvis Presley was adored by pagans. It comes from meditating. Parent. and being hated. Jr. the man after God's own heart. Heb 5:14). Reader. you will have a dysfunctional life and die lonely. These lives exemplify the horror of not seeking wisdom first. and act wisely. If you exalt their athletic achievements. 3:22. Howard Hughes had money. Luke 2:52). knew how to think. ignored by his own family when . but folly cut him short. lots of it! But he ended his life a neurotic recluse and dysfunctional idiot! Princess Diana had popularity. Marilyn Monroe was a star. 16:16.. but he died a bloated wreck in the prime of life. but Israel loved and exalted him (I Sam 18:28-30). which is the power of right judgment based on God's word. They rejected wisdom.

whom God has appointed as a teacher (Pr 18:1-2). Would you like a long life? Many are obsessed with life extension. Philistines (I Sam 29:9. Matt 18:3-4). O my son. and Solomon taught his son the same (Pr 4:1-2).16). because pride refuses to admit they are wrong. He saw and believed God's promises in Jesus Christ. David exalted wisdom. parents. It is your duty to humble yourself and tremble before these ordained teachers (Is 66:2. They cannot learn. "Hear. And Jesus Christ ordained true pastors to feed His people with knowledge and understanding (Jer 3:15). But God saw the inner workings of his heart and promoted him over all his brothers. because it requires humility and obedience. and receive my sayings. The enslaving power of arrogance and conceit dooms most men to ignorance and failure (Pr 26:12. God gives parents to every child from their first moments to help them avoid the troubles of life. Solomon said. By the emphasis of two generations . Ps 131:13. because they will not reject their ideas to admit another is wiser. Jer 1:6. and every other man in Israel. Only a few have the wisdom to make the time and shut down their own ignorant thinking to learn wisdom from another. and it was in the sweet comfort of that wisdom he died (II Sam 23:15). David taught Solomon to crave and value wisdom (Pr 4:3-9). surgery. Only a few have the wisdom to confess ignorance and learn from others (I Kgs 3:7. He had wisdom to see beyond this life and into the next. The ultimate measure of folly is to exalt anything in this world without regard for the next! David saw his Son and his Lord as the true object for life and death (Ps 110:1)! Proverbs 4:10 Hear. This proverb offers a long life. preferences. and diet and exercise programs. Solomon then appealed to his son to hear and receive the fatherly advice he had been taught for a long life. speaking. Most people would rather pay for placebos and continue in sin and pride. as shown by the money and time spent on vitamins. and the years of thy life shall be many. because their own feelings. O my son. Saul's family. God.Samuel came to anoint a king from Jesse's sons (I Sam 16:1-11). and it promoted him! He was loved by Israel (I Sam 18:16). and pastors teach wisdom. and goals are racing loudly through their selfish and conceited minds. "Receive my sayings. medication. II Sam 15:18-22). opinions. instruction.an exceptional father and grandfather . The Lord has written a lengthy book filled with wisdom in various literary forms. ideas. Solomon said." Men have trouble hearing advice. Others are too busy chasing vanity and do not have the time to listen. and reproofs.the importance of wisdom was made clear (Pr 4:1-9)." Men resent correction. but few will be interested. and famous kings (I Kgs 5:1)! But David had wisdom far beyond right thinking. Eph 6:1- . thoughts. and acting.

4:8-9. Learning wisdom will extend your life. or die young (Eph 6:13)! Father. gluttony. I Tim 4:8. guilt. I Pet 3:8-12).shortens life expectancy. especially the sayings of this book of Proverbs. Ps 34:11-16. 12:28. and it will enhance your life. Remember the reward for obeying parents (Eph 6:1-3). stress. There is safety in wisdom that secures you from life's dangers and the judgment of God and men (Pr 2:18. you have done more for your future health and longevity than any vitamin or exercise program! Consider the shortened lives of the world's inhabitants (Gen 7:21-24). 10:2. and many church members at Corinth (I Cor 11:30)! This is no laughing matter. Here are clear warnings against the life-shortening consequences of accidents.16. Er and Onan (Gen 38:7-10). 9:11. disease. divorce. 91:14-16. a broken heart. 16:14.bodily breakdown from mental or spiritual problems. I Thess 5:20). some will kill you indirectly. 21:6). 14:12. do you say wise things to your son regularly? Or do you just bring home the . Wisdom will extend your life supernaturally by securing God's blessings and/or avoiding His justice and judgment.18. envy. 128:6. The blessed God will cut off the lives of the wicked (Ps 55:23. What will you do with the sayings of the teachers in your life? Will you hear and receive them and live? Or reject them and die? Son. but He will extend the lives of the righteous (Pr 10:27. It is your wisdom to consider each of these sinful causes of premature death. Eli's sons (I Sam 2:25). and warnings? Or do you resent him for ignoring your great experience and wisdom? Do you ignore him because he is out of touch with your foolish and vain world? Humble yourself. Solomon wrote elsewhere. crime. grief.19.3. do you hear and receive your father's sayings? Do you gladly listen to your father and appreciate his correction. 13:14. 5:5. 8:36. 3:2. drunkenness. 7:27. murder. Do you fully appreciate the value in hearing and receiving the sayings of your teachers? Wisdom will extend your life naturally. hatred. Some will kill you directly. Herod (Acts 12:23). instruction. Nabal (I Sam 25:38). Sodom's fine citizens (Gen 19:24-25). neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?" (Eccl 7:17.25. It is a modern medical fact that a joyful and happy person in a monogamous marriage will outlive a single whoremonger of either sex. STDs. Consider just for starters the enormous power of psychosomatic illnesses .) It is a known fact that hard living . for we see it throughout the Old Testament.27. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). If you do not think the above things shorten life. And there is a reward in wisdom that brings glory and honor (Pr 3:16. "Be not over much wicked. Eccl 7:17). 11:4. depression. fear. capital punishment. anger. and strife. you need to think again. marital dysfunction. and we see it even among the church members of the New Testament. When God is on your side by obedience to His word and teachers. 22:4). 18:21.a sinful lifestyle .

vegetate with the television.A. we must teach wisdom and true knowledge at home! Neither is the pastor responsible. are foreign to Heaven and true success! The excellent spirit of Daniel and the unfeigned faith of Timothy are what we must cultivate! The "way of wisdom" and "right paths" are contrary to a liberal arts education. content. I have led thee in right paths.the duty. you are not exempted from this privilege and duty (Pr 1:8. Are your children gracious? Very diligent at work? With high energy and focus? With sterling character? With financial wisdom? Do they hate sin? Being late? Injustice? Are they socially skilled? Good communicators? Considerate and generous? Do they know the gospel? False doctrine? How to solve problems Scripturally? Is their word as good as gold? Are they merciful and forgiving? Wise and prudent? Holy and pure? Are they esteemed in the real world? Are their names honored? Do they have many friends? . We must teach. and traps of life (Pr 4:12)? Mothers. Fathers! Mothers! Consider this noble claim by the wisest parent! Read it again. if you are not going to teach him to be wise? The God of heaven has spoken by His word. we must teach the right things. troubles. The scope and sequence of today's schools is a curriculum from hell to make little humanists. or you will cost him years of his life! Why did you have him in the first place. which lead to pleasing God and man in life. What will it be? Will you live a long and abundant life? Or will you be cut off early after living miserably? Proverbs 4:11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom. These humanistic and worldly goals of the N.E. Only 1% of the saints in history even thought of going to college. Parents. and confidence of good parenting and teaching. These things. Eph 6:4. nor does it help your children. Will you hear and receive their sayings? Natural and supernatural blessings depend on your choice. Read the Preacher's words. Joel 1:3).bacon. You must teach him the wisdom of God (Ps 34:11. and let us apply the lessons today. and most college graduates are pagans. for a few hours a week does not approach the daily instruction of faithful parents. Do it. and see all three lessons. and become a couch potato. 4:3. Most pagans have college degrees. are no longer taught. Will you hear and receive the sayings? He has sent pastors to feed His people from that word. we must do it confidently! Graduating from high school or getting a college degree does not impress the Lord. Will you be able to say these words at the end of your life? Can you say them today? Will God and your children agree with you? What have you done for your children today? Have you taught your children how to have a long and prosperous life (Pr 4:10)? Have you taught them how to avoid the distractions. 6:20). Our proverb has three lessons .

By not working wisely. Consider the proverb. which hold you back from success? Do you stumble or fall over things you encounter. If a man chooses to remain foolish. for Satan and the world surely are in their efforts to oppose us and abolish truth. We have the only answers. Every man can do this. ending up in pain and trouble? Solomon gave fatherly advice to his son to save him from life's difficulties (Pr 4:1011). and critical.Parent. which is why David taught Solomon that wisdom was the most important thing (Pr 4:7-9). are you confident like the father in our proverb? Our Creator did not give us the truth for us to apologize for it or minimize it.a truly successful life . It is high time you appreciated knowledge more. A great life . what will you give your family tonight? Read a chapter of Proverbs and explain one verse to them. As a strait jacket binds and keeps a person from moving. natural foolishness binds and keeps a person from joy and success. or tied up from enjoying the best in pleasure and prosperity. restrained. the content. One such small point made each day will soon form a mountain of wisdom. Vulnerable to financial scams and poor investments. wisdom and instruction are needed to save you from them. He promised that wisdom would bring his son promotion and honor. Read Job 32 and see the godly confidence of Elihu. Let every man fulfill his charge from Heaven. so that his marriage and children are painful and troublesome. . the defense of the faith. he will never move far in his profession. watch the ants in your yard! Our lesson here is not a suggestion for fathers . We must be bold. If you learn wisdom. What are straitened steps? It is a hard life that is limited. And we should reject anything to the contrary (Ps 119:128. he will always be in the hole and feeling desperate. A godly seed to God's glory. Fathers. Wisdom has incredible value (Pr 4:1-9). and the happiness of our families is well worth it. and we should say so. Because there are many pitfalls in life. His folly will hurt his relationships. Consider the duty. thou shalt not stumble. Loving sleep and foolish pleasures. and let him see the future with the eye of faith. he will miss a prosperous or successful life. if he would exalt and embrace it.it is a commandment (Eph 6:4). your steps will not be straitened when you go through life. "Godliness with contentment is great gain" (I Tim 6:6). he will squander the little bit of money he does earn. dogmatic. If you do not believe this. and the confidence of teaching. Paul taught similarly by saying. and when thou runnest. Is 8:20). thy steps shall not be straitened.can only be had through wisdom. and do it! Proverbs 4:12 When thou goest. Are you wearing fetters or hobbles through life.

without all the adversity. he is asking for misery and pain (Pr 8:36). 15:32. Friends may entice him into a crime. 15:32). He will not trip and fall over difficulties like the fool. from parents. A strange woman. may ruin his marriage and reputation. Ps 32:7-11. Your life depends on being corrected from error and taught truth to know how to live. and trouble that fools suffer for their entire lives. Without wisdom. He will not fall flat in shame very often. It is an axiom of human existence that fools will have a hard life (Pr 13:15). but wisdom will save the prudent man from most of them.very difficult to get through (Pr 15:19). Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction. Everything right and true that you learn should be held on to tightly. 8:32-36. 34:11-22. let her not go: keep her. Everything you know you learned. 13:18. from pastors. You cannot know anything without being taught. 8:10. Pr 6:23. and only wisdom will save you from the troubles that can ruin your life. and you must apply yourself to practice what you learn. The way of the righteous is blessed! Why would you choose any other way? Humble yourself today. then the great God will guide him. Wisdom brings promotion to honor and safety from trouble (Pr 4:1-11)! What more do you want? Where do we find wisdom? In the Bible. 14:27. A vain talker may deceive him into quitting a real job to purse a business scam. If you love and retain instruction to obey it. Foolish men find that life is like a hedge of thorns . and come meekly to Scripture and your teachers to find easy steps and smooth running for life. If a man humbles himself before the word of God and his teachers. you will be cursed (Ps 50:16-17. and prosper him (Pr 10:17. 128:1-6). and from wise counselors! What are the conditions? You must humble yourself to receive correction and instruction from these sources. and if he accepts and applies their instruction. you will be blessed. 16:16.What is running without stumbling? It is progressing rapidly through life. looking ever so good. and he will stumble over life's surprises (Pr 4:19)! If a man chooses to be a fool. protect him. 23:23). Instruction is your life. Mooching friends may bankrupt him with cosigned loans. Everything you need to know you must learn. Every man will meet obstacles in life. pain. Life is short. if you ignore or reject it. and then he is a felon for life. man has no light to direct him. for she is thy life. which means humbling yourself to . Learning wisdom should be more important to you than anything else you can desire (Pr 3:13-14.

dear reader? How much have parents and pastors taught you over the years? How much of it have you retained? Or is most lost. God has instructed you by parents. Only by keeping instruction will you survive the storm. 19:20). and easily distracted. for holding a line is a very cheap price to pay. and other teachers use so much repetition? Most hearers are lazy. and an easy effort to make. You must grasp with understanding what you hear and not let it slip away. why not? It is for your life! Why must parents. and you promise to not forget their words of wisdom. and application. pastors. 13:18). He told of two men.teachers. You would. or take the steps. but you will face drowning in the sea of life. Acts 10:33). but the one built on a rock easily withstood the storm. Deut 32:45-47)? The proverb teaches you how to listen to instruction. Eccl 7:12. Fools despise it to their ruin (Pr 12:1. A wise man craves instruction so he can be wiser (Pr 1:5. and therefore they do not make the effort. parents. pastors. when the storms of a foolish and sinful world occur. and reflect upon teaching? Do you analyze and meditate upon it until it is part of your very soul and being? If not. and do not let go! You can make it! You can live!‖ If you were drowning at sea. submission. You may never face drowning at sea. stubborn. What do you do with instruction. You secure it in your mind in such a way as to always have it. to save your life. It cannot get away. You must retain what you learn. you fasten it in your grip. learn everything you can from them (Pr 18:1. Reader. pastors. They do not appreciate instruction. do you love to be corrected and told how to live? Can you reject your . Do you prove. whether they are God.22. The instruction of wisdom is what will save you from dilemmas and dangers of life. Do not sell it for any price (Pr 23:23)! See the comments on 3:1. The storms destroyed the house built on sand. Be a good learner! When you take fast hold of instruction. and one who built his house on a rock. necessary to keep it. Jesus described good hearers as those who took His sayings and built their lives on them (Matt 7:24-27). You commit your life to it. ―Grab the lifeline. and His word. or others. See the comments on 12:1. 9:9. would you obey these words from a sailor in a rescue boat? You would. and you need to hear it again? Do you make the same mistakes over and over? Can you quickly and easily apply previous teaching to situations you meet in life? Can you defend what you believe? Here is the lesson: your life is dependent on your retention and application of the instruction you are given. Have you grabbed hold of this teaching to save your life (Pr 3:18. You must hold it tight and not let it go. retention. You submit to learn from your teachers. one who built his house on the sand. When you find good teachers. review. Effective learning requires attention. for the consequences of not obeying would be certain death.

It is a divine library of sixty-six books inspired by God to instruct you completely in all you need for time and eternity (II Tim 3:16-17). Stay far away from it (Pr 4:15)! You cannot embrace Lady Wisdom and enjoy her benefits while walking with sinners. 15:24. 10:26-31. how much more will falling away from New Testament truth deserve (Heb 2:1-4. God will examine how you responded to the instruction He sent you. for most men have been left without much of it by the sovereign judgment of the great God of heaven (Ps 147:19-20. The way of the wicked is dangerous and hopeless (Pr 4:16-19). Is 44:9-20. Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked. have you retained them (John 6:68)? Since the Bible can make the man of God perfect. Jude 1:3). It is for your life! Love correction and instruction! Instruction is a great blessing from heaven. How much do you emphasize learning and obeying the Bible. This is instruction! It is knowledge and rules by which you can save your life. II Thess 2:15. 13:9-18. This simple rule is crucial. But you must also avoid association with wicked persons and reject their lifestyles. Eccl 12:9-11). God says His ministers have beautiful feet for the instruction they bring you about eternal life and your duties to God (Rom 10:15). They are more impressionable by what they see on . I Thess 5:21. II Thess 2:9-13). All churches today would hold perfect apostolic doctrine. Solomon warned his son against evil friends and their habits. This is especially true of the book of Proverbs (Pr 1:17. because they are most susceptible to evil influences of peer pressure. are you guarding its truth in your life? Jesus said those who are given much will be accountable for much (Luke 12:47-48). If you have had godly parents and/or pastors. 12:25-29. By far the most instruction you have been given is in the Bible. Matt 10:6. Wickedness is wrong! You know that.instinctive thoughts to consider the thoughts of the wise? Measure yourself by these questions. The warning had been given clearly (II Cor 11:3-4. you will be judged according to this blessing of instruction. Jas 1:21-25)? What will you do with the Bible today? If falling from Old Testament truth brought judgment. Have you retained and kept it for the salvation of your life? In the great Day of Judgment. Rev 2:1416)? Since Jesus Christ alone has the words of eternal life. if church members had held fast the instruction they were given by the apostles! But men let those precious things slip away to where there are thousands of errors taught today in the name of Christianity. But they only benefit those who retain them. for he wanted him to stay in the way of wisdom and right paths (Pr 4:10-13). for your life depends on it (Ps 19:7-11. and go not in the way of evil men. especially for youth.

. Ps 119:63. Reject their society. Get away from it! Can't you see the warning? He repeated it four ways! The lifestyle of the wicked must be strictly avoided (Pr 4:14). II Cor 6:14-17. How can you pray. if you have children? What music and television do you choose? Is there family you should avoid? God is serious about separation from the wicked (Pr 9:6. its artists. I Tim 6:5. Go in wise and right paths (Pr 4:11-13). and Peter (Matt 26:58). 22:24-25. those who build them and use them love darkness. Titus 1:8). What about you? Do not even enter the path of the wicked. 13:20. I John 2:15-17).for they are generally wicked. A true church of Jesus Christ will provide more friends with godly influence than you can ever rightly love and serve! Proverbs 4:15 Avoid it. II Thess 3:6. producers. Why the warning about deception? Most think they can resist the seduction of ungodly persons. "Lead us not into temptation. Both are wrong: a white glove in mud will always get muddy. that ye enter not into temptation"? Do you need friends? Then make them good men who will provoke you to godliness (Pr 13:20. which is nothing but glamorization of the way of the wicked. but you must not conform to it (Rom 12:12. Get out! Now! Are you compromising this crucial rule? Where do you work out? Will you only marry in the Lord? What school have you chosen? How righteous are your friends? What do you read? Can you avoid a subdivision. Jas 4:4. Eph 5:11. II Chron 19:2. 20:35-37. Ps 101:3-8. do not go any further with them. Dinah (Gen 34:1). nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Ps 1:1). 21:1-6). They are more vulnerable to the insinuations and subtle instruction of false teachers. II Tim 3:5.79. Gal 1:6-9. Do not follow them. and listeners condemn it . But if you find yourself there. This rule would have saved Lot (Gen 13:10-13). Jehoshaphat (II Chr 18:1-3.television. This simple rule is crucial! "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. What is the lifestyle of the wicked? Habits and preferences that promote sin! You can judge activities and places by those using them. pass not by it. Solomon (I Kgs 11:1-10). Rev 18:4). and pass away. 14:7. Titus 3:10-11. Rom 16:17-18. You cannot go out of the world (I Cor 5:9-10)." but neglect. "Watch and pray. There is no reason to study nightclubs. Do not befriend the world. nor standeth in the way of sinners. Do not learn their habits." (I Cor 15:33). Without analyzing rock-n-roll music directly. but the mud will never get glovey! Be not deceived! David put it this way: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. Others think they can influence evil friends to righteousness. I Cor 5:1-13. turn from it.

so the way of wisdom is restrictive. or sit in the seat of the scornful (Ps 1:1). and it was no different for Solomon. And to follow a crowd into sin and moral compromise is specifically condemned (Ex 23:2). Reader. Many excuse their sin by saying. You may have few friends here. tight. He will not have anything to do with them. and difficult to remove. . to choose a course in another direction. Wisdom will choose the way of righteousness and limit friends to those who fear God by their actions (Ps 119:63). and difficult. he does not even want the temptation to join them in sin (Rom 13:14). So he gets as far away as he can. He knows that friendship with this world is to be God's enemy (Jas 4:4). do you know how vulnerable you are to the opinions and influence of others? Paul said. A man blessed by God. to have nothing to do with it. The few that find and desire it must press into it by violent repentance and transformation (Matt 11:12. He despises their thoughts and their lives. Jesus called us to enter the strait gate and walk in the narrow way (Matt 7:13-14). stand in the way of sinners. to shun it. but Paul denies it! You have to get away from them. will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. to put distance between you and it. Go in the opposite direction and save your soul. to not approach it. As a straitjacket is very restrictive. to quit and get away from it. but you are united to a great company of angels and just men waiting with Jesus for you in heaven (Heb 12:22-24). You may think you can resist the lifestyle or philosophy of the wicked. "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" (I Cor 15:33). a man walking with God. and he warned him against the path of the wicked and the way of evil men (Pr 4:14-15). "That proves it is wrong!" For this world lies in wickedness (I John 2:15-17. tight. To avoid it is to keep clear of it or away from it. See the comments on 13:20 and 19:27. Though inviting and popular. To pass not by it is to keep a safe distance. You must hate their folly and pleasures alike. And to do so requires avoiding the wide gate and broad way that leads the foolish masses to destruction and hell. To turn from it is to change direction when you realize you are near it. Jesus said things highly esteemed by this world are an abomination to God (Luke 16:15).Every parent worries about the peer pressure facing their children. 5:19). To pass away is to keep moving away. His words teach how we must reject the lifestyle of this world. Luke 16:16). He told his son to walk in the way of wisdom and in right paths (Pr 4:11-13). "But everyone is doing it!" Wisdom answers back. God's saints will not even touch the unclean thing (II Cor 6:14-17).

If you desire to grow in wisdom and godliness. They must eat them every day to satisfy their hunger! There are no neutral men. It is this great antagonism that makes worldly friends impossible for dedicated Christians. No matter how subtle the insinuation or seductive the temptation against the absolute authority of the Bible. His disciples. Mischief and wickedness are more important to them than sleep. Men either base their lives on the absolute terms of the Bible. They work day and night for mischief and to cause men to fall from righteousness and truth. or they base them on the world's lies received from the devil. and their sleep is taken away. They cannot sleep until they get rid of Jesus Christ. Take a strong stand on any Bible subject and find out! The God of heaven and the wisest of men command you to avoid the world. ACLU. Jas 4:4. USA. PETA. Wicked friends and associates will destroy you. and His doctrine from the earth. RNC. . and hate their offers (Ps 101:3-8. FNN. AFL-CIO. I John 2:15-17). Wise and just men see clearly to live successful lives. DNC. Solomon soberly warned his son to stay far away from evil men (Pr 4:14-15). II Pet 2:7-8). and wicked men are the captive slaves of Satan and sin. While the righteous may sometimes live foolishly. unless they cause some to fall. ECM. Evil communications corrupt good manners (I Cor 15:33). They cannot rest nor be content unless they have corrupted and hurt others. II Tim 3:1-5). yet they have a righteous heart that is vexed by sin (Ps 73:16-22. Righteous men are the followers of Jesus Christ and godliness. Good and evil are opposites. you must turn away with all your strength to avoid being corrupted (I Cor 15:33. While the wicked may perform outward acts that appear good. MTV. and good men and evil men are also opposites. II Cor 6:14-18. stumbling through a dysfunctional life by the blindness of their arrogant and ignorant hearts (Pr 4:19). Eph 5:7-13. This proverb and the next are Solomon's warning about the depraved character of wicked men (Pr 4:16-17). There are two kinds of people on earth . you must avoid foolish companions.the righteous and the wicked. I Tim 6:3-5. Wickedness and violence are their bread and wine. UAW. Foolish and wicked men live in darkness. and God blesses them with light (Pr 4:18). despise their lifestyle. except they have done mischief. they come from a heart that is only evil in God's sight (Ps 14:1-3. UN. The NEA.Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not. Rom 12:1-2. PTA. Their hearts are controlled by sin and their thoughts dedicated to it (Pr 4:16-17). reject their opinions. NOW. CNN. They are perpetual enemies (Pr 29:27). Rom 3:9-18). and organizations of this world are dedicated to the overthrow of Bible Christianity.

They are past feeling. and their practices. They will corrupt your good manners and take you down to destruction and hell with them. What causes such depravity? Men are born in the likeness of their father Adam (Gen 5:3). They get anxious and irritable. It is their diet. "Enter not into the path of the wicked. when they cannot sin and hurt other people. and Solomon loved Rehoboam. You cannot even go near them. Rom 3:9-19). and it would bring many blessings on their lives (Pr 4:1-13). They went further and warned very strictly about the grave danger of having evil friends or companions (Pr 4:14-17). often using figures of speech and words in secondary senses.he must be about his sinning. speaking lies (Ps 58:3. Look at his words! There is no room for any compromise with these kind of wicked persons. I Cor 15:33). and drink the wine of violence. The world has many such people. you are no different from these cursed souls by nature. They have no pleasure in righteousness. The heart of a wicked man is never content . Some people feed on wickedness. and they greedily pursue lasciviousness (Eph 4:17-19). The Bible is a figurative book. but alive toward the devil (Eph 2:1-3). turn from it. It is a spiritual book. and pass away" (Pr 4:14-15). The wicked go astray as soon as they are born. You must be intolerant of them. Titus 3:3-7). Stay away! Reader. not righteousness and peace. "How much . He was a destroyer and murderer.Proverbs 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness. 13:20. which can be converted to similes. and they follow his example and impulses (John 8:44). The proverb then reads. You were born just like them. until you were born again by the grace and power of God (Eph 2:1-3. pass not by it. What is the lesson? Stay far away from such persons! Consider Solomon's words! He wrote. for it does not satisfy their cravings for mischief and harm. Both fathers exhorted their sons to get wisdom. like other men crave bread and wine. David loved Solomon. inherited from Adam. His nature craves iniquity and trouble. Avoid it. "They commit wickedness like eating bread. their ideas. He cannot rest easily or sleep contentedly. They are born dead toward God. for their minds are always working to take advantage of others (Rom 1:30). and you lived just like them. and a wise man will do all in his power to avoid them and their ways (Pr 4:14-17). There are two metaphors in the proverb. for it is the most important acquisition in life. because he must do mischief and cause others to fall (Pr 4:16). His appetite. They are fools in love with malice and wickedness: they are hateful and hating one another (Titus 3:3). Eliphaz said of you and all men. often expressing itself by natural words. David and Solomon knew that evil friends could easily corrupt their sons' good manners (Pr 9:6. and they love violence like drinking wine. is for sin and rebellion. They invent evil things. and go not in the way of evil men." The previous proverb indicates this form of the metaphors is to be chosen (Pr 4:16).

Ps 19:1-6).17)! God also confronts men with truth from the Bible. Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light. and He will withhold truth and light from the man who squanders or rejects truth shown him. Quite a dark path! Consider Pharaoh. he told him that the path of the wicked is darkness. but also an indication of His holy judgment on men pursuing their own agenda (Gen 11:1-9). His light leads them ever onward to more truth. even though Moses had brought powerful signs and plagues upon his nation. turn from it. He told him not to enter it or pass by it. Jesus spoke in parables to harden the hearts of the Jews (Matt 13:10-17). God darkens their hearts and gives them up to ignorant thinking and conduct (Rom 1:21-23). Therefore God hardened his heart. As our proverb declares. they don't even know what trips them (Pr 4:19). There is sufficient evidence in the visible creation to know there is a God with eternal power and a Godhead (Rom 1:18-20. What blinded him to the obvious danger of such a choice? The LORD blinded him (Ex 14:4. which drinketh iniquity like water?" (Job 15:16. This is the root cause and source of the perversion of sodomy (Rom 1:24-27). If they reject the truth for any reason. Is God the author of confusion? Absolutely and certainly! He owes no man the truth.) Only the Lord Jesus Christ can save a man from his horribly depraved nature (Rom 7:24-25). The Tower of Babel and the confusion there are not only true historical facts. But the same sovereign God will bless just and good men. He will provide a shining light that reveals more and more truth. This is one of the greatest incentives to obey all truth that . and he foolishly took his chariot down into the Red Sea to his own destruction. And God sends strong delusion to cause men to believe lies. But when they become vain in their thoughts and reject this knowledge. Solomon in context warned his son against the path of the wicked (Pr 4:14-17). Good men rejoice and obey the truth He offers. Most men rebel and reject it. He rejected the LORD. and He justly blinds them in perpetual darkness to some or all truth. He will blind their understanding and leave them to the deceit and delusions of their own hearts and other men. reader! This proverb is for your life! God confronts every man with truth at a few crucial points in his life. Pay attention. he told him to avoid it. Men are without an excuse. as they obey what He has already revealed. God promised to deceive prophets when men came to inquire of them with idols in their hearts (Ezek 14:4-11). and get away. when they reject the truth He offers (II Thess 2:9-12). And after giving him the wonderful description of the path of the just in our proverb.more abominable and filthy is man. and He rewards them with further light and understanding. that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. until they reach the day of perfect understanding in heaven.

29:1). or judge your disobedience by taking away the light you think you have (Luke 8:18). How many rejected Bible baptism and ended up in the infant-sprinkling brothel of Rome and her daughter churches? How . dear reader! This light is not furnished to every man. But the darkness soon gives way. The spiritual light of God. is for the just . The consequences of disobedience are severe. How does a perfect day develop? It begins with a dull glow in the east. but he did have lamps for pathways (Ps 119:105). its light increases in intensity and angle until everything is bright and clear under a noonday sun. When you leave a dark garage.the man who turns from his own foolish thoughts to do the perfect will of God (Pr 3:33. as we move forward in obedience to the truth He has already given (Pr 2:1-5. Acts 8:30-35. which shines a little way ahead. your lights shine farther ahead. Solomon warns over and over again in many proverbs for us to be attentive to instruction and obey it (Pr 1:23. Many men have faced the truth of God and rejected it for love of tradition. truth. the apostles. for it shines only upon the path of the just. which seems quite weak in the blackness of the night. Job 17:9. if he fears only God and trusts Him completely (Job 32:6-9). whether it be of God. Nathanael. or the carnal compromiser. So is the LORD upon the path of the just. 8:32-33. He shines more and more unto perfection. as you trusted them each mile of the way. 21:15. A young man can easily exceed wise old men. and the ancients by trusting God's word (Ps 119:98100). and Cornelius found much light after obedience (John 1:45-51. You can easily exceed your enemies. teachers. 20:7. 12:13. Your lights guided you all the way home. 28:9. and other snares (Pr 29:25). They are dependent on faith and obedience. Solomon did not have car headlights. "If any man will do his will. Your car headlights only shine a short distance. the eunuch. Like these two pictures of a shining light. Ps 84:7. 11:9.you are shown. 10:17. the hypocrite. For this reason. we will know the true doctrine of God. fear of man. Take heed. It is not for the backslider. job security.21. as the glorious sun rises from the horizon to drive away all remains of the night. 9:9. 12:1. which brings wisdom. Wisdom and truth are not dependent on intellect or teachers. You begin driving in the light provided. If we obey the will of God. he shall know of the doctrine. you cannot see all the way home. Hos 6:3. as a man does justly and walks humbly with his God (Micah 6:8). Our blessed Lord taught our proverb in these words. they shine farther and farther. II Cor 3:18). But as you trust your lights and drive forward. As it climbs powerfully into the sky. 24:16). the blessed God sheds more light and reveals more truth. 14:14. or whether I speak of myself" (John 7:17). But as you drive. He will either bless your obedience with more light. until you reach your destination. Intellect and worldly education can be a severe handicap in learning God's wisdom (I Cor 1:19-20). for He will reveal more truth to us and confirm it in our hearts. Luke 24:32. 10:6). and understanding.

and church from how you react to this proverb are enormous. As a man learns and applies truth and wisdom. "The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead" (Pr 21:16). and we pray for the Spirit of enlightenment (Eph 1:17-18). Until then we trust in His shining light and obey what we see. for they have left the Word of God for fables and entertainment (II Tim 3:4-7. See the comments on this sober text. You may be saved from this horrible death of ignorance by taking careful heed to the more sure word of Scripture. He will bless you with light and truth. for they walk in darkness. the LORD of heaven will blind you. God gives him more understanding in the same way a sunrise chases away darkness and eventually brings full and clear daylight. If you humbly submit to His word. and which is more sure in its integrity than reports of hearing God's voice from heaven (II Pet 1:1621). they live in darkness as to truth and wisdom. Solomon concluded a parallelism here. In the previous proverb. family. both now and at His glorious appearing. and their lives become more and more dysfunctional each passing day. Thank you.many rejected sound doctrine and ended up babbling with silly women and effeminate men in white suits? How many loved rituals and ended up with baptismal regeneration? How many chose the altar of free will and ended up trusting emotional appeals for decisional regeneration and drowning in the carnal consequences of easybelievism? How many sought government assistance and ended up in a dead. Most of the churches in our once glorious nation are now such congregations. for truth and light! Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. The path of the just man extends beyond this life. And by doing this you may be confident of a day of knowledge dawning in your heart through the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. 4:3-4). he described the life of a just man as the shining light. A day is coming in which he will know with perfect knowledge. national church? The consequences on your soul. He shall be in the presence of the Lord Jesus. especially the present generation? You should be! Due to the depravity of their hearts and ignorance of their minds. If you stubbornly choose your own way. They keep hurting themselves with what they cannot see. II Pet 3:18). where are you rejecting truth and conviction in your life? Where are you holding on to tradition or fearing men more than you fear the Lord? What is wrong in your life. They do not know why . Lord. family. and he will know all things. Are you appalled at the stupidity of the human race. which is as a light shining in a dark place. But the wicked cannot see at all. which increases until the full light of the day is seen (Pr 4:18). or church that you are not correcting? God will not be mocked! Solomon warned. So let us desire the sincere milk of His word (I Pet 2:2. Dear reader.

The curse of sodomy and many other corruptions are God's judgment on rebellious men (Rom 1:24-32. Wise men consider the world and go humbly to Scripture. He justly darkens their hearts and leaves them in confusion (Rom 1:20-23). 31:30)! The college coed defied the administration. and she wonders why he is bitter (I Cor 7:1-5)! The lustful fool dates a woman for her body. 30:21-23. 50:21-22). And He sent a lying spirit to Ahab. yet now she resents her husband's adultery! Politicians offer welfare to buy votes. The lazy fool pampers himself by sleeping in. Their arrogance is a great curse. lest they become as confused and ignorant as those around them. but he asks why there is no fruit! The intellectual rejects the idea of a Creator and ends up following Freud's insane infatuation with his own body waste! The abortionist sucks unborn babies apart with his vacuum wand. movies. until he wakes up the loneliest man on earth (Pr 5:3-5)! The modern mother chooses to coddle her children rather than train them. and he cannot grasp how he ended up in marital hell (Pr 11:22.they trip and fall. There are many examples of this proverb. but they disgrace her to shame (Pr 29:15)! A prudish woman defrauds her husband of frequent love. Enjoy God mocking idolaters . Ps 139:21-22). who had chosen wickedness (I Kgs 22:19-23). but she suffers a nervous breakdown when her neighbors get in a fight! The evolutionist teaches man came from monkeys. for there is more hope of a fool than a man who thinks he is right (Pr 26:12). He deceives prophets to teach lies. He revealed His eternal power and Godhead in His creation (Rom 1:18-20). God sends them strong delusion to believe lies and be damned (II Thess 2:9-12). but he painfully frets about baby seals in Antarctica! Union workers rejoice at the pay increase they force from their employer. but they are shocked when the plant closes and leaves them unemployed! The teenage gunman slaughters fellow students and teachers. God owes truth and wisdom to no man. and video games that entertain and . but they are confused by falling productivity and increasing outlays! The carnal Christian watches television every night. The sons of God should despise the children of darkness (Pr 29:27. Gen 6:1-2. Consider. but he wants police protection from the baboons in the hallway! The Arminian adores decisional regeneration. for they cannot see the errors in their thinking. Eph 4:17-19).who take leftover wood and worship it! They have a lie in their right hand and cannot let go (Is 44:9-20)! When men do not love the truth they are offered. Wise parents show the world's folly and its painful consequences to their children. but he is frustrated he cannot afford anything (Pr 21:25)! The fornicator thinks he has found the ultimate pleasure. until suddenly it shocks them with painful results (Ps 36:1-2. When they reject this offer of knowledge. They rush on in sin. but he blames the pastor for preaching boring sermons! The modern woman aborts two unborn babies. but no one thinks to outlaw the violent music. when a man comes with idols in his heart (Ezek 14:1-11).

listen to its music. "The statutes of the LORD are right. 16:15-17. and He will give you light (John 8:12. I Cor 2:14). The better a man listens and learns. and reproofs of instruction are the way of life" (Pr 6:23). you must listen and learn. Reader. Listen to the psalmist. until the day dawn. and a light unto my path" (Ps 119:105). You must already be born again. Only the blind admire Picasso! Only the darkened read Nietzsche! Evil men and seducers are worse and worse (II Tim 3:13). calculate its chemical dependency. For you to be great.47. etc. and the law is light. there is light in Scripture! It can save you from the dark insanity of the world.program such teenagers. blessed God! Proverbs 4:20 My son. as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. Cast yourself humbly on God's mercy in Jesus Christ. But only those drawn by His Father . His son knew nothing and had everything to learn! . Your success in any endeavor depends on it. watch its youth. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word. Rather than think of what you would like to say or what you do not like about the person speaking. Being attentive to instruction is the great secret of wisdom. let them bring me unto thy holy hill. 8:43. The world is not becoming enlightened. read its books. it is because there is no light in them" (Is 8:20). He knew his son’s success depended on learning from his vast experience and wisdom. If you can comprehend and appreciate Jesus Christ. the wisest of man. and had witnessed his foolishness during puberty and adolescence. There is light in the proverbs! "For the commandment is a lamp. measure its contentment. it is by God's free mercy (Matt 11:25-27. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. and to thy tabernacles" (Ps 43:3). 6:44-45).the elect ever come to His light (John 1:5. How well do you pay attention to instruction? Do you hear what you are taught? Solomon was a great king. you should focus all your powers on humbly listening to every word. John 10:26-29). count its divorces. enlightening the eyes" (Ps 19:8). The Bible is better than God's voice from heaven! "We have also a more sure word of prophecy. whereunto ye do well that ye take heed. Eph 5:14). rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure. attend to my words. Isaiah wrote. number its suicides. and a loving father. and the day star arise in your hearts" (II Pet 1:16-21). for prior to regeneration a man cannot see or hear anything spiritual (John 3:3. Only educated idiots of the past few generations believed evolution. the greater he will be. Simply view its art. had watched him during childhood. Thank you. "O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Man's moral decay is obvious. just as Solomon wrote in his introduction (Pr 1:5). He had seen his son shortly after birth. 3:19. incline thine ear unto my sayings.

7. Wise men always listen better than fools: they get wiser. designed to teach understanding. and so forth. and dirtied your own clothes and bed. Are you a good listener and learner? Or do you daydream? Or are you already thinking of your next words? Here is the difference between success and failure. scornfully rejected the idea of truth (John 18:38). and fools stay foolish (Pr 9:7-9). how to use the toilet. Solomon knew the keys were humility and attention to the instruction of parents and teachers. sodomy is normal. 3:1. What is the basis of wisdom? Is working hard important? What does God hate? Does pride affect judgment? How is a beautiful woman dangerous? Can offended rulers be appeased? What makes a good wife? How are children trained? Can I get ahead on my job? What are bad financial risks? How is tattling wrong? Am I a true friend? These questions and many others like them are only answered by wise instruction. A wise man listens well. like most educators and politicians. 22:17. 8:32-33. so he emphasized these points often (Pr 1:8. Consider your own progress. self-love. and apply. You had to listen and learn. retain. If they were diligent and eager. there is a great learning curve to take them from the breast and diapers to be the sober and successful leaders of others. were fed from a bottle. Pilate. comprehend. Public education teaches children to believe and think as the state deems best. 7:24. You were intimidated by your first written examination to get a drivers’ license. Jesus told His hearers to be careful how they listened to the truth. You did not know your own name for many months. It took you a year to learn how to stumble. He would take from them the little truth they thought . free expression. for children kept alone in a room without instruction will not acquire these basic learned skills. How did this progress occur? You were taught and trained by others with more knowledge and understanding than you. The Lord Jesus Christ told Pontius Pilate that He came into the world to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37). refuses to listen and remains an ignorant loser for the rest of his miserable life. Spelling words with four letters and adding numbers with four digits were hard assignments. 23:12). Since a Creator God with written Scripture is a threat to humanism and social experiments. if they were negligent. Living in a modern world with mass media. He would bless them with more truth. how to walk. They are also taught the contradictory lies of socialism. which you must hear. how to eat. Tying your shoes and learning to ride a bicycle were difficult tasks. 5:1. because he knows that is the only way to learn. rights of the individual. parents must teach and warn children often against such profane nonsense.Proverbs is the book of wisdom. and you eventually passed your drivers’ test. But you learned your name. children are taught they came from monkeys. A sure proof of wisdom is your humility to hear instruction and apply it to your life. human progress. animal protection. 6:20. 4:1-5. Life has much greater challenges than riding a bike. how to tie shoelaces. Since all men arrive as helpless and ignorant infants. thinking he already has the answers. how to spell and add. A fool. 19:20. 2:1. how to ride a bike. child abortion.

sleep. then pastors. Titus 1:1-4). or warn them. but the witty inventions of the Internet allow a search better than ever before. you must find where truth and wisdom are taught. because they had understood the words that were declared unto them‖ (Neh 8:12). read their Bible. May God bless those with sincere and honest hearts to find and prosper under the words of truth. There is a famine for real preaching of God’s word today (Amos 8:11-12). once you repent of arrogance or stubbornness and are ready to listen and learn to make rapid and great progress. You need to find a God-called man that boldly and plainly declares God’s truth without regard for the opinions of men. Acts 3:22-23). when it comes to the Lord Jesus Christ.they had (Luke 8:18). Very few today consider a long sermon a blessing (II Tim 4:3-4). so pray for it (Acts 8:26-40. and to make great mirth. Hearing is not a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Jer 13:16-17. Proverbs 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes. Your only hope for success is to humble yourself and learn the instruction and wisdom of first parents. Childhood and youth are vanity: the eyes and hearts of young men are easily distracted with foolishness (Pr 17:24. It is now common for children to yawn. He promised to punish His own people Israel for not hearing (Is 30:8-14. ―And all the people went their way to eat. instruct. and always and only as defined by the infallible word of God. . Adult reader. This wise father tried to focus his son on the great goals of wisdom and understanding. I Tim 6:3-5. think of it as a blessed privilege. It is common for church members to doze. or leave when parents try to correct. scorn. Where can you be attentive to truth and wisdom and incline your ear to them? God has ordained that He will communicate His wisdom by preaching in the local churches of His Son Jesus Christ (I Cor 1:19-21. God is able and willing to help you. 22:5-9. look around. The certain rule is that such children and church members are always losers. What are you looking at? Aiming for? Holding dear in your heart? Solomon had sober words of advice and warning for his son (Pr 4:20-22).20-26. 16:6-15). He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. daydream. and to drink. Mal 2:1-3. when so-called Christians will not endure sound doctrine but instead follow after entertainers that will satisfy their lusts with fables (II Tim 4:3-4). And things are only worse today.20-21. keep them in the midst of thine heart. II Tim 3:16-17. Rather than think of listening and learning as a burden. But hear Israel under Nehemiah and Ezra after returning from a 70-year captivity in Babylon. and He expects His preached and printed words to command your attention and obedience. or leaf through a hymnal while the pastor preaches the truth of God’s word. and to send portions. Eccl 11:10).

If you find and keep them.. is the road to success in any endeavor (I Cor 9:24-27). You must purify your heart from being double minded to a single goal (Jas 4:8). Your figurative heart is the seat of your affections. for it pumps the blood that is the life of your flesh (Pr 14:30.." it is understood to mean that everything in that person's life should be directed toward the chosen objective. or else he will hold to the one.Your eyes are the means of sight for your whole body. For example. You have seen lives so messed up that it is easy to think death might be a mercy. so your eyes must be focused on one object . Jesus Christ taught it by these words: "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single. when the coach or instructor says. Heb 12:1-3)? Proverbs 4:22 For they are life unto those that find them. How focused are you. thy whole body shall be full of light. you cannot succeed trying to obtain both goals. where you choose what you will love and value. thy whole body shall be full of darkness. Hand-eye coordination is considered a most precious gift and a certain indicator of physical aptitude. Men take great pains and pay great prices to see clearly. 8:17.. Your physical heart is the basis of life for your body. men make a figurative use of mental eyes setting priorities and making choices for life. You have seen lives so dysfunctional and painful that it is easy to wonder why they were ever born. Your mental eyes direct your life and set your priorities. your heart must be single . Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matt 6:22-24). Focused sight on one goal. they will bring function and vitality to your existence. But if thine eye be evil. in eyes and heart. and love the other. The words and sayings of wisdom are crucial for your life. and then you must retain what you have been taught (Pr 4:21). A wise man will choose to love wisdom and value it highly (Pr 4:6. If you find and keep them. But there is another figure of speech in this proverb. Vision is the ability to see what is in front of you and direct your body accordingly. or you will lose in life.it must be focused on one goal. It does not mean that the athlete or student should stare without blinking at some visual object. Since wisdom and pleasing God are contrary to all that is in this world.36). for their physical skills are only as useful as their ability to direct their bodily movements by their eyes. and health to all their flesh. Lev 17:11). because a double minded man is unstable in all his ways (Jas 1:8). You have seen lives so distressed and troubled that it is easy to describe . Just as with your eyes. You must first submit yourself to the instruction of wisdom (Pr 4:20). with all choices serving that goal. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one. toward pleasing God (Deut 6:4-9. they will bring prosperity and success to your life. From the importance of physical eyes.21. "Keep your eyes on the goal. Solomon told his son to keep his fatherly words and sayings in the midst of his heart. and despise the other.wisdom.

spouses. There is glorious wisdom taught in the inspired scriptures of Jehovah! What do these profane activities do? Bring health and happiness.17. Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day. Wisdom saves men from such terrible and wasted lives. What do they think will keep their neighbors from killing them for their wives and houses? They think the laws of God's Word are onerous and restrictive. or even fourth world! They are unbelievably backward and/or morally corrupt. children. and ignorance. They foolishly think that freedom to do as they wish would bring pleasure. read it today for your great pleasure and profit. Moses told Israel. humanity might practice polyandry. or society work at all. magistrates. incest. reader? The words of God's law are your life! To live your life without God's words is insanity. 144:15). Ps 33:12. Without divine guidance in the form of commandments. or a host of other abominations. For it is not a vain thing for you. Do you see it. . Most men think that eliminating laws and rules would bring happiness and success. death. because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land. They are fools. which ye shall command your children to observe to do. sodomy. neighbors. dysfunction. all the words of this law. They would not know how to make marriage. Neglect His Word to your own peril and pain! Instead. witchcraft. as has happened in many nations not having the light of God's laws. 10:10). and the nations that promote it are blessed indeed (Pr 8:12-21. and obeying God's law (Josh 1:7-8).their lives as hell on earth. They foolishly forget that they arrived in this world totally ignorant and messing on themselves. they would not know how to treat parents. Jesus came bringing even greater light than Moses. Do you consider the Word of God more valuable than fine gold and sweeter than honey (Ps 19:11)? Why not? Do you consider His words more than your necessary food (Job 23:12)? You should. that he could achieve success and prosperity by remembering. insect worship. cannibalism. Most men think that eliminating laws and rules would bring happiness and success. and He promised life and life more abundant for keeping His sayings (John 1:4. child sacrifice. as the abominations and degradation of much of the present world still proves so clearly. church. meditating upon. Nations long without the Word of God are third world. They are life and health for body and soul. disease. in that wisdom teaches a person how to live joyfully and successfully. Without the knowledge or restraint of wise laws. misery. prosperously. Moses told his successor. It is life to those that find it. poverty. whither ye go over Jordan to possess it" (Deut 32:46-47). wealth and progress? No way! They promote wars. yet it is by wise precepts and statutes that people live together most happily. Light and progress are by the Word of God alone. Joshua. business. and securely. family. or employers. necrophilia. "And he said unto them.

or you can let it become bad. Lust for a sin attracts your heart. It is a series of choices that every person makes each day. how can ye. murders. As a child of God. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.63. your diligence will be rewarded (II Chron 16:9) and your laziness will be punished (Ezek 14:3-8). Matthew 15:18-19 Sin begins in the heart. If you think about it enough. and your new man exhorts you toward righteousness.Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence. And it is much more than the muscle beating 70 times a minute in your chest. Have you kept it pure? Are you working hard to keep it pure today? Do you know that laziness in this matter will bring severe trouble and pain to your life? The Lord Jesus condemned the Pharisees for emphasizing man's outward appearance. Your heart chooses between them. If your heart is full of good things. Your heart is your most valuable asset. and He emphasized man's heart instead. or you can be lazy. and so are the small choices that we make hundreds of times a day. Because the Lord Jesus sees your heart clearly (Heb 4:12). your life will show them. . you will do it. your old man tempts you toward evil. You can keep your heart good. thefts. adulteries. for out of it are the issues of life. And the result of this choice is death. and supply it with outside influences toward holiness (Ps 119:11. What are you going to do this day? Whatever is in your heart comes out in your life. speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. you must often examine your heart with the Lord's help (Ps 139:23-24). You need to consider the inner. if your heart is full of sinful thoughts. 101:6). decision-making part of you that loves certain things and chooses to do them over other things. You can be diligent in this project. Matthew 12:34-35 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart. fornications. He said the following in two different places: O generation of vipers. being evil. your life will show that goodness. blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. and they defile the man. How can you keep a pure heart? Protect it from outside influences toward sin (Ps 101:3. I Cor 15:33). false witness. The large tests and decisions you will face in life are dependent on your heart. Since even thinking of foolishness is sin (Pr 24:9) and desiring another woman is adultery (Matt 5:28). You can protect yourself by keeping your heart diligently from sinful thoughts (James 1:1316). For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts. so you think about it.

Kind and wise speech will build your reputation (Pr 15:4. and your feet (Pr 4:26-27). 18:20. Then in order. 18:6-7. And the blessed God is pleased with constructive and helpful words (Pr 12:22. 14:7. not avoiding others with sins in those areas. and perverse lips put far from thee. An offensive mouth will get you in trouble with men (Pr 12:13. wisdom demands you govern your speech (Pr 4:24). 10:12-14).David. Beginning with the thoughts and intents of the heart. Precious advice! It is impossible to have godly and gracious speech without a pure heart. 15:23. Col 4:6). 24:26). eyes. he told his son to guard his heart. Jas 3:3-8)! And you have to avoid arguments (Pr 26:4-5. the almost-forgotten eighth son of Jesse. Matt 12:36-37. You then must rule your spirit. I Cor 15:33). 25:11). II Tim 2:23). Jas 1:19). Appropriate words will enhance your relationship with men (Pr 10:32. He then exhorted him to keep his advice directly before him and firm in his resolve (Pr 4:21). for that is given elsewhere (Pr 14:7. Eph 5:3-6). A foolish mouth will ruin your reputation (Eccl 5:3. was chosen over all his older and successful brothers to be king of Israel. if you tend to talk more than the average person (Pr 17:27. and you can tell a bad heart by harsh or carnal words. Eph 4:29. It is warning you to get rid of your own froward mouth and perverse lips. And he encouraged him by saying that it would give him life and health (Pr 4:22). 19:27. from which are the issues of life. is this your holy ambition today? Proverbs 4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth. This proverb is not warning you to stay away from those with froward mouths and perverse lips. 22:10. Rule your speech! Guard your tongue! Mark your words! After keeping his heart with all diligence. and feet (Pr 4:23-27). believe it! Kings love the perfect man who speaks graciously from a pure heart (Pr 22:11). The context is ruling your own heart. And then you will give account of every idle word in the Judgment (Pr 6:16-19. 13:3. lips. lips. Jesus said it. You can improve your speech by cutting your words in half. for it can kindle the fire from hell (Pr 16:32. Solomon warned his son to reject ungodly speech (Pr 4:23). What a glorious goal! Dear reader. 16:13. your eyes (Pr 4:25). for it is the content of the heart that feeds the mouth (Matt 12:33-35). eyes. You can tell a good heart by kind and holy words. Solomon addressed his son and told him to listen and submit to his fatherly instruction (Pr 4:20). because he had a pure heart like the Lord's. and steps (Pr 4:23-27). . 24:9).

to the single goal of pleasing the Lord. Your eyes select objects and direct your movements toward them. then a blind eye is a horrible thing. distance. thy whole body shall be full of darkness. You must establish your direction straight ahead and keep going in that direction . lips. Considered spiritually. guard our tongues. How is your vision? Forget detail. If you fill your mind with noble things. or seeing things from the corner of your eye. if a man's natural vision directs his bodily movements. heart. But if thine eye be evil. He condemned laying up treasure on earth. His kingdom. mouth. Having told you to keep your heart with all diligence (Pr 4:23). and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. or depth. He wanted your heart and mind and soul. but it is your heart and mind that give and receive feedback from your eyes. how great is that darkness!" Matthew 6:22-23 Consider the context well. when you can lay up treasure in heaven. If you keep your heart pure with the Lord and man. The Lord Jesus taught against spiritual peripheral vision with similar language. How is your directional vision? Do you see straight ahead. it will be difficult for you to have foolish or carnal speech. The context of His words will let you learn their sense and application (Matt 6:19-24). Lord. And He denied any man can serve two masters . either left or right (Pr 4:26-27). where part of a thing represents the whole. or do you have peripheral vision? Peripheral vision. the Preacher warned against peripheral distractions. for your heart will follow your treasure (Matt 6:19-21). Solomon did not care about the little flap of skin that covers your eyeballs. Heart and eyes cannot be separated. It is your overall person. is a good thing for driving and sports. or money (Matt 6:24). eyes. eyes. He reasoned. but a double eye . for the body cannot know where to move. flesh. Proverbs 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on. and His righteousness.If you keep your heart at peace with the Lord and man. You must see only one object . thy whole body shall be full of light. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness. and hand. you must keep in the way of wisdom. but it is horrible for saints. an eye with undivided honesty and zeal for God will lead to holiness. He wanted all of you. feet. heart. he lists ear. you will have precious material for conversation (Phil 4:8). eyes included.God and mammon. eyelids. In the last eight verses of this chapter. "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single. And you should look unto Him as the great example of perfect vision for your soul (Heb 12:1-4).God. "Eyes" and "eyelids" are synecdoche. it will be difficult for you to spout harsh or painful things.

Godly men serve masters with single hearts (Eph 6:5. To win. for they never talk about the Lord with the same passion as their own things. Dear reader. under the powerful influence of the Holy Ghost. The first church. Jesus rejoiced to see Nathanael. what distracts your vision and progress? You need only one goal pleasing God with a holy life and preparing for heaven. 4:8). fully committed to his God. hypocrisy. Col 3:22). Achan saw Babylonian goods and money that cost him his life (Josh 7:21). for his heart was free from duplicity. They had no mixed emotions. Heb 12:1).or having more than one objective for your life (James 1:8. for they see only God's reward. He said a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. had a single mind with God and each another (Acts 2:46). And David took what he saw one night from a rooftop (II Sam 11:2). Look only forward . Paul pressed forward. and they show little evidence of grace in their hearts. Wicked men have a double heart (Ps 12:1-2). Things in the corner of their vision did not distract them. They are carnally minded. Zebulun brought 50. They are not totally committed to the Lord and spiritual things.of hypocrisy and worldly lusts will lead to destruction. James warned twice against being double minded . The lust of the eyes is one of the great temptations of man (I John 2:15-17). He was an Israelite indeed. and he described those with peripheral vision for worldly things as belly worshippers (Phil 3:18-19).26). Eve was seduced by her wandering eyes (Gen 3:6).only upward . regardless of what men may think or do. runners must look straight ahead without being distracted by competitors or other things. and a double mind (John 1:47). You can easily spot them. Contrast him with false teachers (II Pet 2:14). he made a covenant with his eyes against thinking upon young beautiful women (Job 31:1). Their hearts still lust after this world and its things.000 fighting men who were of one heart for David (I Chron 12:33). Lot's wife could not keep from looking back (Gen 19:17. Mark the Saviour's warning! Consider an obscure reference to soldiers in Chronicles.and only heavenward! . Their solitary goal is to please the Lord on the job. They were not thinking about going home. The Christian life is a race (I Cor 9:26. They do not seek a raise or promotion as their principal objective. Put on your blinders and keep your eyes and motion straight ahead. and he exhorted saints to diligent efforts to reduce their objectives to only one (James 4:8-10). not looking sideways. Your prayer should be for God to keep your eyes from seeing vanity (Ps 119:37). So careful was Job in his pursuit of holiness. They were not thinking about anything else. to win the prize of God's high calling (Phil 3:13-14). They were undivided in their dedicated and solitary ambition of serving the Lord.

to think about it. Consider your ways (Hag 1:5). prudent men fix their lives in one steady course. They do not know where they are going. "I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search" (Ps 77:6). rather than you directing it? Your daily and weekly routines should have a solid purpose and noble objective. and be still. Instead of musing. They carefully consider every part of life. or the consequences of it. honor. Most are too busy with too much noise and activity to stop and think soberly about their lives. they control and direct their circumstances to serve them. Selah" (Ps 4:4). Instead of quiet time to reflect on their lives. "But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him" (Hab 2:20). televisions in their homes. They discipline all aspects of their lives toward their chosen goals. Reader. But wisdom cries. evaluate. They act with careful thought and sober reflection. They are victims of circumstances rather than managers of them. and they compare their progress to them. Examine yourself (II Cor 13:5). not vice versa. "God is not in all his thoughts" (Ps 10:4). walks without meditating. they have radios in their cars. "Be still. to consider it carefully. Commune with your own heart (Ps 4:4). They plan and manage their lives. These are the activities of wise and holy men. where are you going? Ponder the path of your feet. and let all thy ways be established. why they are going in a certain direction. and muse upon each choice they make to keep their overall objective before them and steady progress to it. What does it mean to ponder? It means to weigh a matter mentally. and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed. Is getting older all you are doing? Is life happening to you. and glory offered to Him by the devil. He remained absolutely faithful to His one goal . They choose wise goals and the means to achieve them. and know that I am God" (Ps 46:10). "Stand in awe. Or are you on a treadmill in a rut .Did the Lord Jesus have any other objectives in His life on earth? None! Did things around Him distract him? Never! Though he had food. and chooses his . They question. Rather than bouncing from one goal or direction to another. Other than rare acts of God they cannot avoid. to muse over it. Wise men do not let life happen to them.not making any progress? Step back. It is the fool who lives without thinking.activities designed to stop all thinking. and to meditate upon it. Ponder the path of your feet.pleasing His Father by a perfect life and death! Glory! Follow this great Example and His singular vision! Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet. they seek amusements . and cell phones in their pockets.

Christians are called to walk circumspectly . it is not worth the danger of wandering out of the way of understanding and ending up in the congregation of the dead (Pr 21:16). Do not neglect or forget this sacred duty to ponder your feet! The LORD. calls to you no less than to Abraham. Father. your speech. the LORD will send you visible and invisible teachers. What should you ponder? Are you walking with God and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ? Are you bearing much spiritual fruit? Is your marriage what it should be? Do you have activities in your life that create temptation and lead to sin? Are you single minded for the kingdom of God? Do you live with eternity in view? If you were to die today. "I thought on my ways. especially the sexual ones (Pr 5:21)! See the comments on 5:21. quickly. would Jesus Christ find you in the way of righteousness? Is your life leading toward the holy objective of pleasing Christ? Does your path on Sundays include a faithful church where all doctrine and practice matches the Scriptures? Are your priorities consistent with those Solomon lists in this book? Do you read. your job. and correct them into the right way of the fear of the Lord. Are you helping them keep their feet in the pathway of righteousness? What keeps you from pondering the path of your feet? Whatever it is. The psalmist said. saying. and everywhere else.path without pondering. when ye turn to the right hand. Your flesh. "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine. and said unto him. the LORD is pondering them. and when ye turn to the left" (Is 30:21). 16:25). but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Pr 14:12. and sing in private on a regular basis? Ponder the path of your feet.examining their path from all angles! Only by this discipline can they understand and apply God's will to their lives (Eph 5:15-17). It is your duty to consider your ways carefully and avoid those snares. pray. If you will answer this call. The true measure of your duty and love is to prepare and perfect them to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee. This is the way. Reader. Jehovah and Jesus are His names. have you pondered the path your wife and children are taking? It is your duty before God to lead. Make it a part of your daily exercise in prayer (Ps 139:23-24). will you join the psalmist in this frequent duty of pondering your life? "Let us search and try our ways. You will face many even today. walk ye in it. and be thou perfect" (Gen 17:1). and turned my feet unto thy testimonies" (Ps 119:59). your relationships. if you do not ponder your ways. They will seek to tempt and trap you in your thoughts. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man. from every . meditate. walk before me. and Satan will daily lay snares in the way. the LORD appeared to Abram. It is your duty to make straight paths for your feet (Heb 12:13). guide. I am the Almighty God. and turn again to the LORD" (Lam 3:40). the world. See the comments on 21:16. It is your duty to turn away. And reader.

Once you know where you should go. And the remedy is clear! If you have already veered into the swamp. The world offers many enticements to leave the highway and venture into the swamp of lust and sin. and to walk only where he had solid reasons to do so. And it is by this confident and established perseverance in the truth that we show we are the true brethren of the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb 3:6. Get away from every wrong or tempting thing. keep us by your grace! roverbs 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. Lord. when ye turn to the right hand. How do you identify the fear of the Lord for your life? By the Holy Scriptures! They are the lamp for your feet and the light for your path (Ps 119:105). He said.all your ways in the Lord! And the grace of God is able to bless you toward this glorious life (I Pet 5:10. Rom 13:14. You cannot even look at them. And He sent teachers to make sure you do not misread the roadmap. it is your duty to fix and secure all your ways in the fear of the Lord. Set your eyes on pleasing God in each part of life. ―Ponder the path of thy feet. The sure rock of Christ's sayings must be the foundation of your house (Matt 7:24-27. Solomon earnestly told his son how to have a prosperous and successful life before God and men (Pr 4:20-27). then jerk your foot out of the mess and leap back onto the road. The warning is clear! Do not veer from the road into the swamp of sin on either side. The blessed God laid out a path for every saint to walk.14). Establish .tempting and threatening situation (Pr 4:14-15. Do not wander through life. After pondering the path of your feet. ―This is the way. It is clearly defined with bright markers and warning signs in the Bible (Ps 119:105). and do not be turned away by anything. The allurements and invitations are very deceiving and catchy. and let all thy ways be established‖ (Pr 4:26).fix and settle permanently . II Tim 2:22). do not vary from that direction. He promised they will help by saying. but rather continue in the faith grounded and settled (Col 1:23). It is the duty of every Christian to prove . Solomon taught his son to keep his eyes looking only forward. They are not moved away from the hope of the gospel. ―Let thine eyes look right on. walk ye in it. The way of wisdom – the road of righteousness – the highway of holiness – the path of purity – leads straight forward (Pr 4:25-27). II Pet 1:19-21). He also told his son to carefully consider where he was walking. and when ye turn to the left‖ (Is 30:21). I Thess 3:12-13)! True disciples continue in the word of Christ (John 8:31). He said. and let thine eyelids look straight before thee‖ (Pr 4:25).

who tried contemporary worship (Lev 10:1-2). Variations are judged severely.everything he does by the word of God and reject any contrary opinion or activity (Is 8:20. The way of wisdom – the road of righteousness – is straight. so they find teachers that will lead them into the swamp of carnal Christianity (Is 30:8-11). The LORD gave the word – it is absolute and final. I Thess 5:21). who thought he had a ministry (II Chron 26:16-21). who will tickle their ears with nice stories. Do not even think about adding something from the world’s religious practices (Deut 12:29-32). Real preachers require a hard search. who thought smiting the rock was close enough (Num 20:7-13). The LORD has already ruled regarding most aspects of your life. Do not think for a second a new millennium justifies a new look at Scripture. Trust Him and His word! Reject your own thoughts (Pr 3:5-6). Most men do not like a restrictive way of life (Mat 7:13). Ask Nadab and Abihu. The swamp billboards are too appealing! There are very few like Moses. They want entertainers. who pleased the people with an innovation in worship (I Sam 15:22-26). Repent! Leave your compromising church. who was forgiven the most heinous sins (II Chron 33:1213). Ask David. If you have already foolishly turned aside after the world and entered the swamp of sin. they want to have it their way. Turn not to the right hand or to the left! . Ask Manasseh. They want to do their own thing. Ask the church at Corinth. Ask Cain. and hate any other opinion (Ps 119:128). who thought God would like his clean offering (Gen 4:1-5). Ask David about moving the ark on a new ox cart (II Sam 6:1-9. They want to taste the pleasures of sin. I Chr 15:13-15). Repent! Get out of your sin and back on the road of righteousness now. who was forgiven adultery and murder (II Sam 12:13). Do not listen to the clamor on all sides for more tolerance at innovations in doctrine and practice. who saved their city from total destruction (Jonah 3:10). there is only one remedy. Repent! Cut out your sinful habits. There are many today and easy to find. Remember that He counts the world and its friends His enemy (Jas 4:4). but the result will be worth the effort. Most men resent sound doctrine and dogmatic preachers telling them what they should or should not do (II Tim 4:3-4). They are tired of the strait and narrow way (Matt 7:14). II Cor 4:1-7). Do not turn even a little. who saved their lives and church by godly repentance (II Cor 7:911). either in private habits or lusts or public worship. But repentance can save you. Repent! Remove thy foot from evil. Ask Moses. Their beautiful feet and treasure will help you (Rom 10:15. Ask Saul. Do not even think about looking or turning any other way. Love His commandments regarding all subjects. Ask Uzziah. Do not modify God’s commands even a little. The LORD gave the word – it is absolute and final. Ask Nineveh. who gave up great worldly advantages to stay on the road to heaven with the people of God (Heb 11:24-26). Variations are judged severely.

that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. as the small rain upon the tender herb. do not ignore it. godliness. Proverb: 12:1 whoever loves discipline loves knowledge. be not ignorant of this one thing. Proverb 19:20 Hear counsel. 35For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. beloved. . and may God be with you. my speech shall distil as the dew. 33Listen to my instruction and be wise. Proverb 8. he is nearsighted and blind. Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. hear my teaching. and the law is light. and receive instruction. watching daily at my doors. but he who hates correction is stupid. brotherly kindness. singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. I will utter hidden things. and to goodness.32. Proverb 22:19 That your trust may be in the LORD. Proverb 23:13 Apply thine heart unto instruction. make every effort to add to your faith goodness. Proverb 10:17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life. 20Teach them the decrees and laws. perseverance. love. blessed are those who keep my ways. but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. my sons. Good Doctrine: Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain. 6and to knowledge. and to self-control. Knowledge: 5For this very reason. 7and to godliness. and to brotherly kindness. I have made known to you this day. teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. waiting at my doorway. 34Blessed is the man who listens to me. knowledge rather than choice gold. listen to me. 9But if anyone does not have them. even to you. they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. and to perseverance.33 32―Now then. 2I will open my mouth in parables. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure. and thine ears to the words of knowledge. things from of old— Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp.Proverb: 4 -1 Exodus 18 Instruction: 19 listen now to me and I will give you some advice. Psalm 78:1 1O my people. knowledge. that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years. and a thousand years as one day. and as the showers upon the grass: Proverbs 4:2 for I give you good doctrine. forsake not my law. 2 peter 3:8 But. listen to the words of my mouth. self-control. and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: Proverb: 8:10 Choose my instruction instead of silver.

O my God: yea. you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus. and live.20 and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws. 4Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens. 11 for wisdom is better than jewels. just as he delighted in your fathers. 10if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Proverb 4 – 1 Its Value.1 Give ear.23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales. 1778 Exodus 18: 20. 3then the Lord your God will restore your fortunesa and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life. 6The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants. Proverb 4:4 Law in Heart: Prosperity After Turning to the Lord 1When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations. Proverbs 8: 10. Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will. and in his law doth he meditate day and night. your law is within my heart. .1 Timothy 4 6If you point these things out to the brothers. 9Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb. Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD. incline your ears to the words of my mouth! 2 I will open my mouth in a parable Proverbs 6: 23 . and you will take possession of it. from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. but godliness has value for all things. and knowledge rather than choice gold. none of his steps shall slide. O my people. and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. to my teaching. Psalm 78: 1 . train yourself to be godly. holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous. 8For physical training is of some value. brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Psalm 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart. 8You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 2and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today. rather. so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 5He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers. 7The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you.Take my instruction instead of silver. the young of your livestock and the crops of your land.

that you may gain insight Proverbs 4: 5 Get wisdom.1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge. but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.33 Hear instruction and be wise.21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man. 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures. Proverbs 4: 13 Keep hold of instruction. 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me. for she is your life Proverbs 8: 5 5 O simple ones. get insight. and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. buy wisdom. Proverbs 12: 1. that you may gain wisdom in the future. but a man of evil devices he condemns Proverbs 13: 1 -. but the mouths of fools feed on folly Proverbs 19: 2 2 Desire without knowledge is not good. but he who hates reproof is stupid. but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near Proverbs 15: 14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge. and knowledge rather than choice gold Proverbs 10: 14 14 The wise lay up knowledge. and do not neglect it.17 whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life. do not let go. and the one who gets understanding Proverbs 4: 1 1 Hear. and understanding . and be attentive. with thankfulness in your hearts to God.20 Listen to advice and accept instruction.Proverbs 8: 33. learn prudence. teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom. 2022 Proverbs 2: 3. if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding. O sons. do not forget. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. guard her. waiting beside my doors. instruction. singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. and hear the words of the wise and apply your heart to my knowledge Proverbs 23: 23 . Proverbs 10: 17. Proverbs 22: 17 Incline your ear. Proverbs 3: 13 13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom.2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord. do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. a father's instruction. in word or deed. O fools. but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19: 20 Proverbs 22: 19 Proverbs 23: 12 Proverbs 23: 19 Ecclesiastes 12: 11 Jeremiah 6: 8 Jeremiah 35: 13 1 Corinthians 12: 1 Colossians 3: 16. learn sense Proverbs 8: 10 Take my instruction instead of silver. and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. 17 And whatever you do. giving thanks to God the Father through him A Help.Buy truth.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.5 3 yes. watching daily at my gates. and do not sell it.

8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing. not wishing that any should perish. 6 and knowledge with self. that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years. and self.control. brothers. and virtue with knowledge. 10 Therefore. be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election. but that all should reach repentance . and a thousand years as one day. beloved. 7 and godliness with brotherly affection. and steadfastness with godliness.8 But do not overlook this one fact. having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3: 8 . for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ— 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness.control with steadfastness. make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue.2 Peter 1: 5 5 For this very reason. but is patient toward you. and brotherly affection with love.