Proverbs 4:25–27
Pastor Bill Farrow
25     Let your eyes look straight ahead, 
And your eyelids look right before you.


26     Ponder the path of your feet, 
And let all your ways be established.


27     Do not turn to the right or the left; 
Remove your foot from evil.

          Verses 20-27 of this chapter  speak (and not for the first time) about the matter of wisdom practiced and tells us that this, in our experience is that which is productive of life, health and personal integrity.  4:25, as we see it here, advances the idea that the eyes should look directly forward and in doing so, suggests resolution about remaining in the right way (as if we are, in the process of looking, taking in a path in which we are walking. Metaphorically, it suggests that when a person turns his eyes away from the path, he is apt to stumble.
         This would seem to upheld when we consider what went immediately before this.  In verses 21-23 see reference to the “heart”, which, as we have seen in other studies, commonly refers to the mind as the center of thinking and reason (3:3; 6:21; 7:3), but also includes the emotions (15:15, 30), the will (11:20; 14:14), and thus, the whole inner being (3:5). The heart is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects speech (v. 24), sight (v. 25), and conduct (vv. 26, 27).
         It would seem clear that, here in verse 25, Solomon’s intention is to direct our thinking toward the natural way that people make their way down a pathway or street, while seeing to it that there is nothing there for them to stumble over or to cause them to fall and injure themselves.  This seems to be a perfectly natural and even normal habit for someone to undertake.  We might suggest that this is the clear way to understand at least this first phrase because of the use of “let” meaning “allow” and seeing that it suggests that we are talking about something normal.  How many people walk a path, even what they might know is a clear and straight path without “letting” their eyes scope out the path in which they are walking - I suspect that the answer here is virtually none!!


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