Proverbs 4:23

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
– Proverbs 4:23

Verses 23 to 27 end this chapter with an exhortation to practical living by wisdom. All diligence means to keep or guard the heart above all else. Solomon starts with the heart because it is the source, for that is what issues means. Jesus said that the defilement of a man wasn’t from without but within (Matthew 15:19). We must labor to grasp onto wise sayings and guard them with all diligence. We must keep them fixed in our mind that we not go astray in the evil way.

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