My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings 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 to insight, “You are my relative.”
The phrase “apple of your eye” or “apple of my eye” is from the Hebrew word better translated “pupil,” literally, the dark part of the eye. In a country in which sandstorms are common – and I’ve been caught in a few – the average Israeli would understand what it means to guard your eye from injury. The meaning of these verses is to regard the teaching of God as precious, and to value them as you would a family member – or even your own eye!
Dear God, there are many things we value highly: family, friends, even particular possessions which carry a sentimental attachment. Help us also to value the treasure of your Word. May we turn to it often, May we realize the words it contains are the words of life, May we find within it wisdom, understanding, and a guide to our daily path. Cultivate within us a hunger for your word, A mind open to its teachings, A heart open to its leading, A life blessed by its riches. Amen.