Proverbs 24:13-14

My son, eat honey, for it is good,

    and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.

14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;

    if you find it, there will be a future,

    and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:13-14 ESV

Here, the writer invokes a word picture to entice the reader into seeking wisdom. Knowing his son’s delight in the sweetness of honey, he compares it to getting wisdom. In the way that you enjoy the sweetness of honey, so also is wisdom to your soul.

This makes me think of how parents sometimes use sweet treats to administer medication to their children. By using something the children enjoy, the parent is able to entice the child to take that which will be beneficial to him. Here, the long term goal is soul health, and the writer uses the sweet imagery of honey to get his son to get wisdom for the sake of his future: “If you find [wisdom], there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

What would be a good enticement for you to seek wisdom?

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