Proverbs 4* Exhortation to the study of wisdom. (1-13) Cautions againstbad company, Exhortation to faith and holiness. (14-27)1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: thoughinstruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome.Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise andgodly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agreethat true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united tohappiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thycorruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of thisworld. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. Thiswisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom andgrace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched arethose, who, with all their wealth and power, die without gettingunderstanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God!Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words ofeternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking,and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid beingstraitened or stumbling. 14-27 The way of evil men may seem pleasant, and the nearestway to compass some end; but it is an evil way, and will endill; if thou love thy God and thy soul, avoid it. It is notsaid, Keep at a due distance, but at a great distance; neverthink you can get far enough from it. The way of the righteousis light; Christ is their Way, and he is the Light. The saintswill not be perfect till they reach heaven, but there they shallshine as the sun in his strength. The way of sin is as darkness.The way of the wicked is dark, therefore dangerous; they fallinto sin, but know not how to avoid it. They fall into trouble,but never seek to know wherefore God contends with them, norwhat will be in the end of it. This is the way we are bid toshun. Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of awork of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carryingit on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for alldiseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence. We mustset a strict guard upon our souls; keep our hearts from doinghurt, and getting hurt. A good reason is given; because out ofit are the issues of life. Above all, we should seek from theLord Jesus that living water, the sanctifying Spirit, issuingforth unto everlasting life. Thus we shall be enabled to putaway a froward mouth and perverse lips; our eyes will be turnedfrom beholding vanity, looking straight forward, and walking bythe rule of God's word, treading in the steps of our Lord andMaster. Lord, forgive the past, and enable us to follow theemore closely for the time to come.
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