Proverbs 4:4

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
– Proverbs 4:4

Solomon’s father’s instruction was the same as he has been giving his son. Solomon was admonished to get, keep, and pursue wisdom. He was likewise instructed in wisdom, the way of life. We infer from this also the eternal nature of wisdom. It never goes out of style or out of date. It’s perpetually relevant from one generation to the next. Wisdom’s value is never diminished by the passage of time.

Solomon also identifies the issue of life and death in his father’s instruction. True life is had through keeping the commandments of wisdom. This life is a theme throughout this chapter and appears in each of the three sections.

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