This chapter starts with the first of four versions of “listen to what I say,” all four in just one chapter. King Solomon urges his readers to be mindful of their actions and their speech, always vigilant. I’m sure Solomon knew just how easy it is to forget the advice we’re given in a moment of stress, and so he wanted his audience to be even more attentive, even more aware, even more wise, as a way to prepare and protect themselves in those stressful times. Solomon provides practical advice here — Get wisdom. Guard your heart. Keep your eyes ahead.
Verse 7: “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
Verse 23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Verses 25-26: “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.”