This verse is part of Solomon’s recounting to his sons (:1) what his father, David, once said to him (:3-9). Verse 6 offers instruction to focus on “wisdom” and the benefits of such a commitment in parallel poetic statements.
As a father-son message, David referenced wisdom in the feminine – Lady Wisdom. He told his son to appreciate wisdom as he would a good woman.
“Do not forsake wisdom…love her” is solid relationship advice for anyone. Treating another who greatly matters to us in this manner will create an environment for their help and support in return.
Yet, we can’t always count on someone else to be there to “protect” and “watch over” us. On the other hand, God’s Wisdom will never fail to be there!
So — if we have someone important in our lives — practicing this verse in that relationship will set things up to go pretty well.
But even better, lets practice this relationship advice with Lady Wisdom!
There’s no better place to direct our focused love and commitment. And in doing so, we’ll be better equipped for any and all other relationships that really matter to us.