Proverbs 4:3-5 (ESV)

When I was a son with my father,

tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

he taught me and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

keep my commandments, and live.

Get wisdom; get insight;

do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

Now the father teaches what his father, the son’s grandfather, said. Like the son, the father also depended upon his parents and listened to the sound instruction of his father. The grandfather taught his son to take hold of and obey his teaching so that the son might experience a good and honorable life. The grandfather put a high price tag on wisdom. The word translated “get” in verse 5 means “to acquire, gain possession of or buy.” The son must be willing to sacrifice to become wise. If wisdom is not prized and sought after, then she will have no effect on the hearer. The grandfather’s advice was the same as the father’s advice: do not steer away from wisdom’s path. What circumstances or people cause you to veer off the path of the wise? Prayerfully identify what those things are and choose to reduce their influence on your heart and mind today.

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