“The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise” (v31). God’s Word to us is “life-giving reproof,” and when we ignore it, we self-destruct (v32). The natural consequences of sinful choices are a “severe discipline” in our lives (v10), causing us to seek God’s forgiveness and help. When we begin to walk with God in obedience and faith, “the path of life leads upward” (v24) – not necessarily to riches, but to right relationships, peace and joy (v16-17).
“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure” (v6). God shows us the right path so that we can enjoy the treasures of a clean conscience, healthy relationships, and fellowship with Him.