In this chapter, King Solomon starts to address some of the difficult topics that are constantly debated, likely since history began. He tells of the discipline necessary for raising children, as well as the rewards that come to those who listen to that discipline. He also offers advice on handling finances — the humility of the truly wealthy, the safety of the poor, the promised growth of honest earnings, and the importance of leaving an inheritance. Finally, Solomon encourages his readers to pursue their passions, something I think can be ignored in the rat race of chasing comparisons. It becomes so easy to get caught up in the motions of our day-to-day tasks, doing what we feel we should be doing in the hopes of a “one-day promise” that lives in the eventual future. Instead, Solomon encourages his audience to chase their current dreams, because these longings, once achieved, become a tree of life and sweet to the soul.
Verse 3: “Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”
Verse 20: “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”