The importance of paternal advice (Prov 7:1-7:5)

“My child!

Keep my words!

Store up commandments with you!

Keep my commandments!

Live!

Keep my teachings

As the apple of your eye!

Bind them on your fingers!

Write them on the tablet of your heart!

Say to wisdom.

‘You are my sister.’

Call insight your intimate friend.

Thus they may keep you

From the loose woman.

They may keep you

From the adulterous woman.

They may keep you

From her smooth words.”

Once again there is an emphasis on the paternal words and commandments that will help the children to live, much like in chapters 2, 3, and 4. These teachings should be like the apple of your eye. They should be bound to your fingers, written on your heart. Wisdom should be a like a sister or an intimate friend. Then this wisdom will keep you from the loose women, the adulterous women, and their smooth words. Somehow, these loose women were very good talkers.

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