My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding...
A "then" is coming...but before it does one must ask, "How do we receive words?" - it is by listening; an attentive ear, an inclined heart...a gift given and then put in the store house of the mind...it is slow and quiet like snow but covers with such delight.
For anyone interested in a wonderful interpretation of Proverbs in heroic couplets see, Proverbs: A Poetic Paraphrase by Bill Billions
Proverbs: A Poetic Paraphrase