My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding,That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil;But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell.Lest you ponder her path of life—her ways are unstable; you do not know them. Proverbs 5:1-6
Pay attention: cause to hearken, give heed, prick the ears
Wisdom: ethical and religious
Lend your ear: especially incline the ear, of men (in obedience to God)
Understanding: the object of knowledge
That you may preserve: observe = follow dictates of (prudence, justice, kindness, wisdom)
Discretion: power of devising, purpose
Keep: guard with fidelity (strict observance of promises, duties, faithful, loyal)
Knowledge: discernment, understanding, wisdom
Lips: language (babbling)
Immoral woman: stranger, not of the family, harlot
Smoother than oil: figurative of mouth uttering smooth, flattering words
But in the end: the future, later
Bitter: angry, discontented
Wormwood: to curse; regarded as poisonous, hemlock
Sword: instrument of war; of grievous end of dealings with strange women
Go down: to descend, to go downwards
Death: state of death or place of death
Steps: course of life
Lay hold: keep the path to it, grasp
Hell: Hades or the world of the dead
Lest: might readily acquire
Ponder: weigh (mentally)
Life: appetite, way of living
Ways: course of action, or life, track
Unstable: to waver
Know: discriminate, distinguish, recognize
Did you know that when learning to distinguish between real and counterfeit money, the people study the real thing? They get to know the real money so well, that if they see something amiss, they instantly know the fake.
The same is true with Wisdom. We are to pay attention so closely to true wisdom, that when we hear the babbling or random advise, although it may sound amazing, we will recognize it as fake. And notice that we are NOT to ponder the sweet sounding words of strangers (sinners). For although they should amazing, they will lead to death.
Difference between real and counterfeit wisdom, is recognized when one practices pondering true Wisdom—God's wisdom. That begins with a heart that is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Act 9:31 MSG), and continues as one studies God's Word and applies it daily.
Real vs Counterfeit. Can you distinguish between the two?