Proverbs 4:3-4

“When I was a son with my father,

  tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,

he taught me and said to me,

“Let your heart hold fast my words;

  keep my commandments, and live.”

Proverbs 4:3-4

Proverbs is filled with repetition, which indicates the importance of the subject that is being repeated. In this case, Proverbs 7:1 repeats vs. 4 above: “My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you.”

In this comparison, we see the writer’s emphasis on keeping “words” and “commandments,” which results in living. Once recognizing the principle of repetition regarding this subject, the wise reader should sense an urgency to ask and answer this question: “What are those words and commandments?”

Enjoy the journey of discovery as you mine the life-giving riches of Proverbs.

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