This chapter begins with 6 couplets of verses, each offering multiple commands and a promise or two. Typical of this section of Proverbs, it begins with another “my son” statement.
The first couplet has two commands and two promises. It begins with father’s advice about his son’s focus and mental priorities over the long haul. “Do not forget my teaching” and “keep my commands in your heart” is directed not so much on things his son is to do, but the way his son is to think. Real life changes begin with attitude and focus.
These two directives also have a long-term ring to them. This is not just about today, but a lifetime commitment. Note the resultant promises!
As a result of following these two commands (“they will…”), the promises are “prolong your life” and “bring you prosperity.” These verses make perfect sense to a father like me!
Adults who impart their life experiences and lessons learned can help the next generation not make the same mistakes. Son can build upon his father’s life and much more quickly achieve even greater things in his own.
Admittedly, in our culture, it is not easy for young people to consciously choose to listen and learn from their parents. But a lot of sorrow and misery can be averted if they would and so much more could be accomplished.
And, as an adult, if you don’t have or can’t find a son to listen – tell somebody else. Others will benefit from your advice!