“Bow down thine ear,
and hear the words of the wise,
and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.”
Are you teachable? Without this prerequisite, you cannot be wise. You will live and die a fool. You entered life dirtying yourself; you will go out the same way; and any wisdom in between requires learning from others.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:
but a companion of fools
shall be destroyed.”
You are the company you keep. This saying is a weak version of Solomon’s warning. If you are wise now, foolish friends will bring you down. But take hope, even if you are foolish, wise friends will bring you up to wisdom.
“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
and liftest up thy voice for understanding;”
Do you pray for wisdom? Do you pray for it passionately? Study makes you a scholar, but only prayer can make you wise. Much reading may give you learning, but only the Spirit can give you wisdom. Beg Solomon’s God for it.
“He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul:
he that keepeth understanding
shall find good.”
Do you love yourself? Of course! Then do something truly good for yourself today! Instead of costly, frivolous pleasures, get some wisdom. It is free and lasts forever. Go ahead; pamper yourself with something wonderful!
“But he that sinneth against me
wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate me love death.”
Do you love death? If you neglect wisdom, you must. After listing its benefits and offering it freely, Lady Wisdom says, Do it my way, or die! Wisdom can save you a slow and painful death, but there is no mercy for rejecters.