Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I have taught you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
Proverbs 22:17-21 NASB
These verses are the first of a section termed thirty sayings of the wise—also called excellent things. * In this subset, Solomon directly addresses the reader as a particular person and delivers more wise sayings for us to chew on and implement. Again, Solomon says, “Hear the words I am telling you.”
Keep These Words
Solomon pleads with the reader to value his teaching:
- Your ear must receive and implement it
- Your heart must function in faith with it
- Your heart cannot do its job without the ear involved
These words are not for mere learning, but for readiness and a life alert for use. They are wise words we can apply in times of success and failure. Solomon promises a good result if these words are kept in our minds and hearts, ready to be implemented at the proper time.
The Truth of God
These sayings can bolster the believer’s trust in the Lord. They are not like commands of a master to a servant, but ones which the teacher gives the pupil for the benefit of the pupil.
When we know God’s truth, that truth bolsters our faith. Learning these wise sayings and hiding them in our heart is paramount. Be wise and ready to put these jewels to use in times of trials and success. Again, Solomon says, “Hear the words I am telling you.”
Prayer: Father, open my ears that I may hear, open my eyes that I may see, open my heart to learn more and more of your ways.
* Matthew Henry on Proverbs Chapters 22-24, biblehub.com