A discussion about the quest for knowledge continues in Proverbs 4, with Solomon imploring readers to essentially "get wisdom at any cost." The power of such wisdom is detailed in verses 5-6, which read:
"Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you."
It is, once again, made clear that the search for wisdom has profound implications, with the scriptures proclaiming that acquiring it can help people stay on the straight and narrow.
Verse 11 proclaims, "I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths," with verse 12 continuing, "When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble."
The chapter specifically reminds believers to avoid the "path of the wicked" and to look, instead, toward "the path of the righteous," appealing to the human heart as the moral centerpiece.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it," verse 23 reads.
And though it all starts with the heart, the chapter goes on to tell readers to keep perverse and corrupt messages out of their mouths, and to closely consider "the paths for your feet."
Pretty powerful stuff.