Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
– Proverbs 4:13
We have encountered several statements thus far in Proverbs that reveal the true seriousness of the issue. Wisdom is not a few tips for how to get along in life, it is life itself. The way of wisdom is an issue of life or death (Proverbs 8:36). Solomon three times exhorts what amounts to guarding judiciously—take fast hold, let her not go, keep her. The seriousness of the issue and the supreme worth of wisdom dictate that it be obtained at all cost and not let go for any.