The purpose of this prologue to the Proverbs proper is to encourage us to get wisdom! To strive with heart and mind and main to get wisdom! Godly wisdom is essential to your sanctification, growth in grace, and wellbeing. Our own wisdom will lead us up the garden path!
Solomon continues to plumb the depths of WISDOM in this passage.
And towards the end he brings up some very practical applications of wisdom.
“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” v24
Be careful with what we say and how we say it! We must be people who take control of our tongues. When we are tempted to speak words that are bad, remember wisdom!
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” v25
We know how bright and shiny the world is, because we can _see_ it every day. From what comes through our eyes jealousy and lust spark.
Instead, we are to be SINGULAR in vision. Fixed on Jesus! As that wonderful hymn says, to turn our eyes upon Jesus. Look full on His wonderful face! There is a better sight by far than anything the world will offer up.
In 1 John ch 2 John warns us of the world, echoing this wisdom from Solomon.
“For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but from the world.” v16
These words give another layer to what we’ve read previously in Psalm 19, v14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”