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Do Not Allow Your Eyes to Wander
from the Path of Life
Proverbs 4:25 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
and your gaze be straight ahead of you.
Let your eyes look directly ahead: This is an idiom for staying the course. We are now returning to the idea of walking down the path imagery of before (the path of the righteous), and now the father is imploring the son to focus on what lies ahead and not be distracted by what lay off the path of life. Look straight ahead as a believer. With the eyes of faith, we see the life that lies directly ahead.
And your gaze be straight ahead you: The gaze (Heb. ʿǎp̄·ʿǎp·pǎ·yim) is the part of the body that blinks and covers the eyes. In other words, it is the eyelids, which you use to make a long-fixed look at something. If you allow your gaze to wander from the path, you may be led astray by the temptations of Satan’s world. The path of righteousness (life course of a blameless upright believer) is straight ahead of you, meaning the way in which you are to go is very clear, so you can be aware of the unseen dangers that lay outside the boundaries of the path of the righteous. Great effort is needed to keep looking ahead in the flashy images of this world. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (2 John 2:16) The natural inclination of our human imperfection is to give up and look away from the path of life.
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