When to listen, when not to
Listening is a major theme of the book of Proverbs.
The book is designed to guide young men in making wise choices, while avoiding foolish ones.
For this to happen, one must really listen, learn, and live accordingly.
Youth must listen to their parents (1:8; 4:1-6; 23:22).
But they must also avoid listening to the wrong people (1:10-19; 7:6-23; 17:4).
They must listen to wise counsel (12:15; 19:20).
To our advantage
It’s wise to listen to needed correction and foolish not to (1:20-33; 15:32; 25:12).
Listening leads to positive outcomes (8:32-35; 21:28)
Refusing to listen results in major consequences (5:1-14; 13:1; 19:27).
God won’t hear the prayers of those who won’t listen to Him (28:9).
It’s just that important!
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