- What are the main lessons that the speaker seeks in these chapters to impress on us? What attention have I given, and am I giving, to this urgently expressed advice?
- 4:23-27 provide an admirable guide to successful living. Heart, lips, eyes, feet: what direction are given concerning each? Note how much is implied for the Christian by verse 18.
- What are the results, at various levels, of neglecting this way of wisdom? See 4:19
1) In Proverbs 4:1–9 the father, after giving an opening encouragement, cites the appeal that his own father made to him. The son is therefore hearing wisdom garnered from the preceding two generations. The boy’s grandmother is also mentioned in the passage.
How do Deuteronomy 6:4–8; Psalm 78:1–8; Matthew 19:13; and Ephesians 6:1–4 deepen your understanding of the significance of the theme of this passage?
2) Proverbs 4:10–19, and asserts that everyone must make a choice between the way of wisdom and the way of folly. Trace the course of each path in verses 10–19 to its inevitable conclusion. Contrast the images the teacher uses to illuminate the two paths. What terms appear more than once in the passage, and what specifically does this repetition emphasize?
3) Proverbs 4:20–27 emphasis is on safeguarding oneself on the path of wisdom. Staying on course involves disciplining the heart (v. 23), the tongue (v. 24), the eyes (v. 25), and the feet (vv. 26–27).
Mark 7:21–23 and Luke 6:45. How do these two Gospel texts show that
Proverbs 4:23 is the key verse in this paternal appeal?