Proverb for the Day 24:13 — How Sweet It Is!

Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

In the first verse, father tells his son to “eat honey” because “it is good” and “is sweet to your taste.” But, it’s also good to know that he will also tell his son to not eat too much of it in the next chapter (25:16)! Honey was probably the sweetest thing a guy could eat in the ancient world – they had neither cane sugar nor chocolate.

In the second verse, dad compares “wisdom” to honey, noting how it is “sweet to your soul” as honey is to the taste. We would all agree that honey is sweet and tastes good. Understanding wisdom as “seeing life from God’s point of view,” we can also appreciate the sweetness of learning to live this way every day.

 But the great thing about wisdom in this verse is that it offers a lot more than just sweetness for today. Wisdom also provides “a future hope.” It sets us up for a great life here and now, as well as for all eternity. How sweet it is!