Proverbs 7:24 (Mini Sermon)


24. Pro 7:24 - "Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth." A. Hearken unto me now therefore, i. Hearken v. - 1. intr. To apply the ears to hear; to listen, give ear. ii. Solomon began this chapter exhorting his son to listen to his instruction and keep his commandments (Pro 7:1-2). iii. Therefore adv. - II. 2. In consequence of that; that being so; as a result or inference from what has been stated; consequently. iv. After giving him much instruction on the tactics of the strange woman and the danger of being seduced by her, he concludes the chapter by again exhorting his son to listen to him. v. This is a good method of teaching: tell them what you're going to tell them, then tell them, and then tell them what you told them. B. O ye children, i. Although Solomon's instruction was primarily aimed at his son (v.1), it was not written exclusively to him. ii. He commands "children" to hearken unto him. iii. He uses "ye children" instead of "my children" indicating that his words were for children in general. iv. Adult disciples are called children in the Bible (Mar 10:24; 2Co 6:13; Gal 4:19; 1Jo 2:28). v. Solomon's words are God's words to us His children (2Pe 1:21). C. and attend to the words of my mouth. i. Attend v. - I. To direct the ears, mind, energies to anything. 1. To turn one's ear to, listen to. 2. To turn the mind to, give consideration or pay heed to, regard, consider. ii. We must not only hear the words being said but we must direct our ears and mind to listen to and consider what is spoken if it is to benefit us. iii. This is the fourth time that Solomon admonished us to attend unto his words (Pro 4:1, 20; Pro 5:1). iv. He exhorts us to listen and pay close attention because he is going to give us one last warning about the strange woman in the remaining three verses of the chapter.
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