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Do Not Lose Sight of God’s Word
Proverbs 4:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
keep them in the midst of your heart.
Do not let them depart from your eyes: Them is a reference to “my words” and “my sayings” in verse 20. This is an appeal to the believer to not lose sight of the words and sayings of the Father. In other words, you would say do not let wisdom, knowledge, discernment, understanding, and thinking ability that the Father has given us out of your sight. Do not let them depart from your eyes (עַיִן ayin), which has the sense of paying attention, concentrating on the qualities of God to the exclusion of Satan’s world that surrounds us.
Keep them in the midst of your heart: Hear heart is being used figuratively, which refers to the interior of the believer: such as the desires, affections, emotions (15:15, 30), passions, purposes (11:20; 14:14), the center of thinking and reasoning (3:3; 6:21; 7:3), perceptions, wisdom (4:24), knowledge, and the motivating force behind one’s conduct (4:26-27).
We must retain the Word of God meticulously and thoroughly in our hearts. They must be before us at all times as a guide to direct us. We must have them before our eyes, viewing them, reviewing them, and conforming our new person to them. They must be grounded deep within us, principles leading and guiding us, influencing our every decision, affect our whole person.
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