Proverbs 19:27 (MSG)
If you quit listening, dear child, and strike off on your own, you’ll soon be out of your depth.
TIME OF DAY:
Not specified in Bible reference; daytime.
Sunlight, coming from the left, is the main source of lighting in this scene.
A woman on the right of the scene is standing next to a sign (which represents knowledge).
A man starting to walk away from the woman & sign, with his eyes closed, not looking where he is going. He represents a person beginning to stray away from knowledge.
This is my very literal version of the proverb. Clearly the man is heading into trouble, as he has not noticed the cliff edge & deep water below it which he is stepping towards! Another visual clue that he is heading into trouble is the approaching rain storm from the left.
I have used brush textures on the woman’s dress, which is something I haven’t done before. You may be able to make out a cross pattern on the waist part & hems of her dress.
I took some photographs whilst on a holiday in County Durham. The cliff rock is actually a small piece of rock I photographed on a walk!
The problem with not listening to instruction is that a person is then not longer learning. That’s what Proverbs 19:20 (only a few verses earlier) states: “Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise.” Clearly becoming wise & remaining wise is not a state that you arrive at; rather it is an on-going condition. We need to continue to gain knowledge & experience, which increase our wisdom.
Interestingly, Proverbs 19:27 is the only place between Proverbs 7:1 & 23:15 where the words “my son” occur.
Here are some other Bible versions of this particular Proverb, which gives a slightly different emphasis on it:
Proverbs 19:27 (NLT)
If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.
Proverbs 19:27 (ANIV)
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Proverbs 19:27 (BBE)
27 A son who no longer gives attention to teaching is turned away from the words of knowledge.
Proverbs 19:27 (NCV)
27 Don’t stop listening to correction, my child, or you will forget what you have already learned.