For the third time in this chapter (see also :1, 10) father addresses son — and this one’s very similar to the first two. To a young guy, I’m sure it sounds like a broken record!
“Pay attention to what I say, listen closely to my words,” dad said this time (:20). And to be sure his son clearly understood, he adds, “Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart” (:21).
Admittedly, this is just not easy for a young guy to hear — but it is a good idea!
After these two verses of “encouragement” to listen to him, dad offers a correlating benefit — a promise. His words “are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body” (:22).
It’s an invitation to just imagine all the good things that would come to this young guy — or “whoever will find them” — if they were just willing to follow this advice. Very cool!
And, I’ll add, consider all the bad things that might happen to him if he doesn’t!
What a great opportunity for a young guy or gal to get the most out of life — with the least difficulties along the way. Even better, it’ll work for anyone not doing well or happy with their life — young or old.
We all have this opportunity. Hope we’re listening!