Proverbs 23:19 "Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way."
Hear (H8085) – to hear intelligently, to hear with undivided attention or obedience, perceive, obey.
Be wise (H2449) – a primitive root meaning to be wise in mind, word, or act). Teach wisdom, make self wise, deal wisely, make wiser.
Guide (H833) – to be straight, to be level, right, figurative to go forward, be honest, prosper. Go, lead.
Heart (H3820) – mind, will, intellect, feelings, wisdom, understanding. The center or core of our being. Thus, our heart is our attitude.
Way (H1870) – course of life, mode of action; custom, conversation, manner. That way mentioned is referring back to Proverbs 20:17, not envying sinners in our heart and being in the fear of the Lord all the day long (i.e. hating evil all day (Prov. 8:13)).
Word definitions are from Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.
Solomon gives his son three commands, hear, be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. These could be further summarized and personalized as:
- Hear dad and my Heavenly Father’s instruction with the intention of obeying.
- Discipline or teach myself to be proactive in learning and applying wisdom.
- Have the heart or attitude that goes in the way of Godliness.
This verse is a great indicator of the freewill God has given to all mankind. We control our attitudes, words, and actions, and will be held accountable for them (Mat. 12:36, 2 Cor. 5:10). Do you have a heart that is yielded to the Lord, that longs to bring Him glory, and that is purposed to know and follow God’s will. ( The following verses all deal with aspects of God’s will for every believer: Rom. 12:2; Eph. 6:5-6; 1 Thes. 4:3, 5:18; 1 Pet. 2:15, 3:17, 4:2, 19)? Do honor those in authority over you? As you do your devotions, are you hearing, are you thinking on how to apply what you have learned, and then are you allowing God’s Word to transform the way you think and live? What have you heard from the Lord this week, and how has it changed you? Are you being proactively teachable?