This section of Proverbs 22 starts with an exhortation to incline your ear and hear diligently. The learner has ample motivation for heeding the teachings of Solomon and to have them ready on his lips.
The purpose of these teachings is twofold: The fist is that the learner might trust in the Lord- a personal, ongoing commitment to rely on God- The second is that the learner would know truth and speak honestly and reliably. Honesty is valuable to society.
The centrality of fearing the Lord is a crucial difference between Biblical wisdom and worldly counsel. Biblical wisdom will always have pleasant consequences for one’s life.
We must always be ready to internalize the teachings of the wise, that we can readily articulate them.
“A saying I heard years ago: ‘It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do something, even if it’s wrong!’ That’s the most stupid counsel I’ve ever heard. Never do what’s wrong! Do nothing until it’s right. Then do it with all your might. That’s wise counsel.”
– Chuck Swindoll