21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
Folly has one advantage over wisdom: it is the natural disposition of the human heart. But the cultivation of wisdom requires constant attention, it is not preserved without effort. Therefore we must make wisdom a priority, as the father instructs, or it will slip through our fingers. People don’t plan to waste their lives, they just don’t plan not to.
“They will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.” Here are four treasures of wisdom: life, honor, safety and competence. We all want these things, and many pursue one in neglect of the others, but they are unified in wisdom. Which one appeals to you the most? Has your pursuit of it held you back from the others?