“Path of the Righteous”
We have seen what the Father has told the son related to Wisdom and evil.
Pursue the path of Wisdom.
Now, read the next verse.
It is likely familiar, but now we have a better context and understanding…
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn
That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
The word “but” relates back to what was said as to the path of evil.
Think on the path of the righteous.
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn.
The light of dawn that grows brighter and brighter until the fullness of day.
Are we walking the path of the righteous?
Is the Light growing brighter and brighter?
Have we attainted the fullness of day?
“Sleepless for Evil"
Father continues to exhort son as to the path to take.
Avoid the path of evil.
Pursue the path of Wisdom.
Note what occurs to those who pursue evil…
Take hold of instruction; do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked
And do not proceed in the way of evil people.
Avoid it, do not pass by it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil;
And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
Father exhorts/encourages/instructs/command son to:
- take hold of instruction
- do not let go of instruction
- guard her - instruction
- know that she/instruction/Wisdom is your life
- do not enter the path of the wicked
- do not proceed in the way of evil people
- do not pass by
- turn away
- pass on
Father is pointed!
Then we see the depth of depravity of those who pursue evil.
- they can not sleep unless they are doing evil…wow!
- they are robbed of sleep unless they are causing someone to stumble
- they eat the bread of wickedness
- they drink the wine of violence
In other words, they are sustained by their evil, wickedness and violence.
Do not follow the path of evil.
Follow the path of righteousness.
The father continues speaking to the son…
Listen, my son, and accept my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
I have instructed you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in upright paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
And if you run, you will not stumble.
We, and the son, are called to listen.
We are told to accept the sayings of Father.
So that the years of our life will be many.
Walking in Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge from the Lord extends life!
He will instruct.
He will lead us on the upright path.
He will keep our steps from being hampered.
He will keep us from stumbling.
Walk in the Lord.
Run in the Spirit.
Rest in Him.
Give heed to His Word!
Live in the Life of the Lord!
The Father continues to drive home the point, now to his “sons”.
Forcibly he reiterates the truth.
Listen, my sons, to the instruction of a father,
And pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
For I give you good teaching;
Do not abandon my instruction.
When I was a son to my father,
Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
He taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart take hold of my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
“Do not abandon her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your possessions, acquire understanding.
“Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
“She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”
Give heed to the action!
- Pay attention
- Do not abandon
- Take hold
- Keep commandments
- Acquire Wisdom
- Acquire Understanding
- Do not forget
- Do not turn away
- Do not abandon Her
- Love her
- Prize her
- Embrace her
- Wisdom will guard you
- Wisdom will watch over you
- Wisdom will exalt you
- Wisdom will honor you
- Wisdom will place on your head a garland of grace
- Wisdom will present you with a crown of beauty
Do not turn away!
“Devious Vs. Upright"
The Father is presenting a stark contrast to the son.
Will you pursue Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding et. al.?
Will you pursue evil?
The Father closes this chapter with a clear comparison…
32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD;
But He is intimate with the upright.
33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers,
Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
But fools display dishonor.
- abomination to the Lord
- curse of the Lord on the house of the wicked
- the Lord scoffs at the scoffers
- As fools they will display dishonor
- Lord is intimate with them
- The Lord blesses the dwelling of the righteous
- The Lord gives grace to the afflicted
- The Wise will inherit honor
The choice is clear.
Choose the way of the Upright.
Intimacy. Blessing. Grace. Home.