So much to learn from that neglected book! I've really enjoyed studying it in more detail. A proverb that caught my attention last night was this:
Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (19:27)
It reminded me of the wonderful words of John Kleinig - we can't possess this life, we can only always receive it. And so when a person ceases (for whatever reason) to hear and be shaped and informed by the Words of God, he or she doesn't stand still spiritually, retaining what they had. Rather, they began to slip into all sorts of folly. We must ALWAYS give our ears to the Lord's instruction and when we do the reverse of the Proverb is true: we will NOT stray from the words of knowledge. They will keep us on the Lord's way.