My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
The first seven chapters of the book of Proverbs are largely addressed to “My son”; as the expression occurs fifteen times. In these chapters, Solomon, as a parent, reveals that he wants the best in life for his child. By heeding this parental advice, a young person will avoid life’s booby traps and develop expertise in practical, everyday affairs. When parental advice is followed, it becomes a graceful wreath on the head and ornamental chains about the neck, which is a poetic way of saying that obedience brings honor and moral beauty to the life of a wise son.