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This Proverb says, “My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “you are my sister,” and call understanding your intimate friend. That that they may keep you from an adulteress, from the foreigner who flatters with her words.”

In this Proverb King Solomon is passing his wisdom to his son so that his son will not be harmed because of making poor decisions. Solomon’s wisdom was a gift from God, so it is likely that his wisdom was according to the Word of God. Solomon knew the right way to live. He knew the right decisions to make in his life. He also knew the consequences of making wrong decisions.

However, Solomon was also human and had a natural tendency to sin. Solomon was attracted to many women and he took many wives. Some of those wives were foreigners who eventually led Solomon to worship foreign gods. This was a violation of God’s commands. It was also contrary to God’s wisdom.

One could say that Solomon did not take his own advice when it came to women. As a result he violated God’s commandment of not having another God.  This led to God dividing Israel into two countries. As a result, Israel has suffered greatly because of Solomon’s sin of worshipping other gods.

Solomon should have followed his own advice to his son. Knowing what is right is one thing. However doing what is right is quite another. Doing what is right is all important. We should keep that in mind.