Proverb for the Day 4:1 — I Really Should Pay Attention

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction: pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.

Here Solomon addresses not “my son,” but “my sons.” While I understand this was a common technique of ancient wisdom literature, I still like to think of it in terms of his biological sons – guy talk. Of course, Solomon had a number of wives and numerous sons – all of which eventually got him in big trouble (1 Kings 11:1-15)! 

Here he tells his sons to listen carefully to what he is saying. Solomon is saying words all young guys hate to hear – listen to what I am telling you to do, it is for your own good! I wonder if they just rolled their eyes at each other as he was talking.

But Proverbs is all about the wisdom to see life from God’s point of view. If we are ready, even today, there are people in our lives who can offer us some instruction that will change our lives – and blessed is the person who can receive it.