Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to your word.
I. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE QUESTION. That for a young man to cleanse his way is —
1. A necessary thing.
2. A difficult thing.
3. A noble thing (ver. 1). Such are beautiful in youth, and strong in their radiant manhood. They are the flower of the race. They are the hope of the Church. And the Lord Jesus, "beholding them, loves them."
II. WHAT IS TAUGHT IN THE ANSWER.
1. He must have a fixed purpose to "cleanse his way." Determination is everything in religion, as in other matters. The young man who is firmly resolved to live a holy life will succeed in doing so, provided he lays hold of the grace of God, and uses the appointed means of sanctification.
2. He must take Holy Scripture as his guide. The Bible is the cleanest book in the world. Its ideals are the noblest. It is the purity of the Divine Word that has invested it with indestructible vitality. The morality of Scripture satisfies our moral being as the very perfection of the True, the Beautiful, and the Good; and Scripture shows us that fair ideal of purity embodied in an actual human life — the life of the Son of God in our nature.
(C. Jerdan, LL. B.)
Parallel VersesKJV: BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.