So many of the Biblical promises are conditional. Here we have the glorious promise of a “tree” (6086) of “life” (2425b). What is not to like? I want one. Sign me up for the lifetime membership. Start the automatic shipment. Whoa there brother. This is not open to automatic renewal. Look at the condition.
You need to “take hold” (2388) of wisdom if you want the benefits of wisdom. This word has many translations but they all have the idea of grabbing and holding on until the bitter end. We see it in a familiar promise from Joshua.
(Joshua 1:9 KJV) Have not I commanded thee? Be strong (2388) and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.You are all familiar with the commercial that says “Got milk?” and all its copy cats. The question is mute if you don’t bother to open the carton and pour it out.
So? The fruit of the tree of life is dangling in reach. Grab hold and hang on for the ride.