“My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways.”
  (Proverbs 23:26)
          Solomon had, as a favorite mechanism, the use of various family anthropomorphisms, to help his readers to grasp the fuller sense of his teaching in a passage.  Such is the case in this verse.  He begins by calling to his “son”, using the famous and well-known Hebraism, “Beni” speaking of a young family member; a son or grandson.  The emphasis is on one’s membership to the family group, their inexperience and need for guidance, not to mention the dearness of that member to the father figure speaking.  We must remember that as in any passage of the Bible, unless specifically and/or clearly speaking of the gender of a person, is making reference to people in general, not either male nor female.  This passage is addressing the youth of the one being spoken to and not any gender.  
         This is actually the Seventeenth saying a series that has been ongoing over the past couple of chapters.  
         ·    The prostitute has been compared to a deep pit or well (in that she entraps a young man and he cannot escape; cf. note on 22:14) 
         ·    Likewise, this prostitute has been compared to a robber (in that she will cost him dearly). 
         For Solomon’s purposes, prostitution is used as a striking example of those “personal sins” that, far from affecting the sinner alone, corrupt and bankrupt society and so ruin communities. The first part of the verse, “give me your heart”, guides parents, and so by implication, all men, in their nurturing task: their/our target must ever be the deepest core of the child’s (or those whom we are striving to disciple in spiritual things) inner life. The phrase following, “Observe my ways” further guides the discipler’s path in accomplishing our task.. They must aim to embody the virtues they commend.
         Solomon has two aims in the statement he makes here:
  1. First he urges his beloved “son” to yield his true affections and dedication to him, making him a sure and reliable relation in his family.  This determination will also aid in making him (the one referred to as a “son”) pliable and submissive in the discipleship process and further our ability to lead him to the goal of godliness.
  2. Likewise, he urges this “son” of his to see to it that he follows after him in the matters of behavior and his “ways” or manner of living.  The active sense here tells us that Solomon is not merely talking about attitude but also to the active pursuit of the goal.
          Notice that in both of these matter that he urges his “son” to submit to there is the hint that they are actions that the “son” has the choice and ability to do what Solomon is urging him to do.  We, likewise, must see that both we, and anyone that we are seeking to lead into godliness and following after Christ has the ability to make the choices and take the actions needed of his volition and will.  It is not merely a matter of being told what is necessary, it is also a matter of choosing to follow the path that Solomon (or the disciple) is laying out before him. 

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