The Value of Wisdom in Building Relationships

As a boy, Thomas Edison learned telegraphy. Later, after he had become a successful inventor, he used his ability at the telegraph key to send a proposal of marriage to his sweetheart, Mina Miller. Edison’s first wife died when he was thirty-seven. Later, he met Mina, a young and … More


The opening “my son” shows a plea for the son to embrace qualities that are valuable. Compare verse 21 with (Prov. 4:21). We see here it is not enough to know the truth but notice it is to be kept (v. 21) and not disregarded. We are to take a hold of what God has revealed so it has control of our thoughts and actions. To maintain sound wisdom and discretion is to lay hold on what is really life (v. 22).

This passage (vv. 22-26) mentions the benefits of doing what (v. 21) says. They are:

  1. Life - (v. 22)
  2. Safety - (v. 23)
  3. Avoidance of troubles - (v. 23)
  4. Peaceful sleep - (v. 24)
  5. Take away fear when the wicked come - (v. 25)
  6. Confidence in the future - (v. 26)
  7. Avoiding the traps of the wicked - (v. 26)

The foot will be kept from stumbling (v. 23) and rest and refreshment (v. 24) will become the portion of those who esteem the Word of God above the thoughts of men.


Today would be a good time to pray asking the Lord for wisdom in life and the decisions I will make. Have each member of the family list some of the decisions they will need to make.

Proverbs 3:21-26 (English Standard Version)

My son, do not lose sight of these-- keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

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