I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
– Proverbs 4:11
Way means road or path and figuratively is put for the direction of one’s life. The way of wisdom highlights that wisdom is not philosophical or mere matter for thought. Wisdom is understanding and discernment that works out in life day to day. This idea is reinforced with the reference to right paths. Path is similar to way and refers to a track or trench so it is well marked. Right means upright or straight. The expression has a moral component in the sense of a morally good way and it has a physical component in the sense of being a plain or clear way. Solomon has given instruction in wisdom, but the son must listen and appropriate the teaching.