'[8] Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, [9] for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.'

Last week we looked at verse 8 and what it meant (effectively to listen to the instruction and experience of those who are more experienced), and this week we see the reason why we ought to do that.

Find out what it's there for

A cheesy phrase which someone told me when I first became a Christian, and which has stuck with me ever since, related to understanding the Bible. A guy called Jonty said, 'If you see a therefore, find out what it's there for.' The same is true about any linking word, and this verse begins with 'for' - to truly understand this passage, we need to understand how verse 8 relates to verse 9