“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors.” [Proverbs 1:8-19]
The call of this text starts out with a reminder that everyone is best raised by their mother and their father, in union. I’m encouraged that each parent is given their own line for reminder. What I mean is that it would have been easy to write, “Listen to your mother and father.” However, this reminds us that mothers and fathers each have their own way. We each have a particular style of teaching and instruction that works best for us. Sometimes this is specific to our sex, as men and women, of course, have different temperaments. Sometimes this is specific to our own personality.
Continuing on, we’re reminded of the beauty our life becomes, with the effect of wisdom opon it.
The remaining example, of what to watch out for in sinners’ enticement, appears to be quite specific. However, as it closes, we see that this kind of life is the result of those who are unjust and greedy. Thier life is taken from them.
Studying Proverbs continues to be a good read for me. Small packets or nuggest of wisdom and instruction come at good times during the day.