(Proverbs 4:10 KJV) Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
Did you have any from the previous generation who would tell tall tales or at least stories that were meant to jerk you chain? How about the one where they had to walk five miles to school through the blizzard while they sweated under the hot sun. And it was also up hill both ways. I find myself starting things with, “When I was a kid...”. It is a human foible.
When Solomon is telling his son to listen to what he says, I don’t think he is talking about every word he says. He mentions his “sayings” (561). I think it is like when the Pope speaks ex cathedra. Every word the pope says is not considered infallible. It is only when he declares he is speaking from the thrown that it falls into that category.
So? It would be nice to think that people hung on every word we say or that everything we say is worth hanging on to. It won’t happen. Listen carefully. Speak carefully. Pass it on.