Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
– Proverbs 4:10
Verses 10-19 juxtapose the way of wisdom and the way of folly. Verses 10-13 cover the way of wisdom. Verse 10 starts this section with the call to hear, or listen intelligently. It amounts to listening with understanding and doing. The father’s goal is to impart wisdom. He cannot foresee every turn in the future for his son. If his son can obtain wisdom, the father can have confidence. Wisdom will keep his son as well as him, and better than he could direct every step. Long life is a general truism that stands for the blessing of wisdom and particularly wisdom acquired from a young age.