Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Do not swerve to the right or the left; turn your foot away from evil. Proverbs 4:26-27

We must remember that The Book of Proverbs does not give us a narrative. It is a collection of sayings and teachings about how we should conduct ourselves in life. The point of this bit of wisdom is severalfold. The first is that our entire being must be committed if we aspire to become wise. Our life, character, speech, and behavior should help us stay on the path of righteousness. We should not veer left or right and stay earnest and careful in our ways.

Cyril of Alexandria (375–444), the Patriarch of Alexandria, said of this passage "that those who honor the straight paths run toward the goal to the prize of the heavenly calling in Christ. But those who pay no heed to the church are useless and turn to the invention of their own mind."