Words of Life
Proverbs 4:20 (KJV) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
The word, attend, qashab, means, to hear, to be attentive, to heed, to incline (the ears), to hearken, to pay attention, and to listen. In the Hebrew language a thought is emphasized by saying it in a slightly different way two or more times. This is what we see here in that, qashab, is used to convey the idea of inclining the ear and then, natah, is used. Natah, means, to incline, also. It further conveys the idea of stretching out, as in extending tent pegs, or pitching a tent. Bending down, is also a part of its meaning.
What I see here is that, to incline one’s ear, is a call to lower one’s opinion of their view and to expand one’s ability to receive new concepts.
There are entirely too many people who are locked into what they have been taught by others rather than being open to truth. Our verse tells us that we are to open our minds and yield our predetermined concepts to, “my sayings”. These words, or sayings, of God are so important that we are commanded to keep them in view at all times and let them fill our hearts.
Proverbs 4:21 (KJV) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Why are they so important? The answer is found in the next verse:
Proverbs 4:22 (KJV) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
The sayings of God, as found in the Bible, are eternal life to our soul and health to our flesh. As we speak the words of God stored in our heart we speak life and health as well as prosperity and fruitfulness.
The sayings, or words, of God are living and powerful and should always be spoken.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, . . . a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
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