Verses 1-4: Here we have a little father and son moment. It seems as if Solomon’s expectation is that if anybody would want to listen to him it would be his own son. He had visitors from all over the world, but the most important ears lived under the same roof. He doesn’t say, “Hear what the king has to say!” He says, “Hear what your father has to say.” Maybe a good point in verse 3 that all of us “old fogies” would do good to get is to remember what it was like to be young, and sometimes dumb because of it 🙂 Also, don’t miss the compliment being paid to David right there.
Verses 5-9: Wisdom is the lady who won’t lead you wrong. Solomon is talking about a whole other lady here in chapter 4 than he’ll talk about in chapter 5! She is to be the principle thing, not to be forsaken; when she’s exalted and embraced she will reward accordingly with the best crown a king could wear.
Verses 10-19: Wisdom will keep others from hurting you, and you from hurting yourself. In these verses there is the “way of wisdom” and the “way of the wicked” and finally the question “which way will you follow?” The gist is that the truth has always been the narrow way!
Verses 20-27: Right is never left and left won’t lead right no matter how many times you turn – keep it between the lines and stay straight, Solomon says. He urges his son to keep his eyes on the prize and the goal in the middle of his heart. He introduces a theme that will he use again too, “keep your heart with all diligence….”
A lot of things can be said of Solomon, one of which includes that he had a desire for his children to make the right choices. I guess anyone today who is honest enough to admit when they’ve made the wrong choices should want at least this much for their own children as well; if not all children in general!