Monday, January 04, 2010

Which Path

The dominant teaching metaphor of the early chapters of Proverbs is the metaphor of the "path" (or walk, as in direction or way one is going). The reader is constantly remind that life is about making the right choices, going the right way, staying on the right path, etc.. And the right path, is the path of following Godly wisdom.

In Proverbs 4 the path reminder is clearly present . . .

10-11 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
I guide you in the way of wisdom
lead you along straight paths.

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.

14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.

18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.

27 Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil

Wisdom Project 4

No comments: