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1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Commentary for Proverbs 2

Promises to those who seek wisdom. (1-9) The advantages of wisdom. (10-22)1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, #Joh 6:27|. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.

10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion over us, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart, and will preserve, both against corruptions within and temptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness, uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave the plain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in such ways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and in seeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company. True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshly lusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and war against the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow of every serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to look upon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled in such fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings. Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlasting torments which follow them. It is very rare that any who are caught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so much is the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by the deceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besides the literal sense, is to be understood as a caution against idolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking any forbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well as the wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. To the wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to the righteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is it all one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseries of their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shall crown believers?

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Proverbs 2

  • Gideon
    Vs 21 talks about possessing our territories, preservation and long life for the upright. The bible is sweet.
  • A disciple
    Dear Ann; I always find it so uplifting and strengthening to be in the Proverbs! Read carefully the introduction in the opening verses: this was Solomon's great longing, that he answered to the LORD in his dream: to be able to feed the people with knowledge and understanding and God's wisdom, like David his father. God sure gave him his request! And such amazing truth to guide us in all our Life!
  • Ann
    I just want to get myself back on track so I decided to start back in PROVERBS to line bCK UP WITH the word of God I know it will help me
  • BSP
    Verse 10 shows that the more we study the Bible, the more we will enjoy it.
  • Mr.mrs ozdeal
    That is scripture is great my stay on that path with we need yo stander to keep moving forward. We had our up and down. Constantly. Amen we are on the battlefield. ..
  • A disciple
    But if we are walking in the truth, and in the Spirit, we are not pandering to the lusts of the flesh! Job 31:1 "I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?" "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds..." So we learn to resist the devil, control our thoughts, and keep our bodies under subjection in holiness!
  • Lu2677
    disciple,your comment to me on Gal.1 pg. brought me here.In the Spirit of Proverbs 2:5-13; please read Romans 1:17-21 V.20 God says "there is no excuse"There is no profit for people when affections(the flesh is weak but the spirit is willing) cause us to make excuses for them.V.17 "the just shall live by faith." Test the spirits, hope in His mercy,walk by faith. God is faithful to His Word. Amen
  • A disciple
    "For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding." The wisdom that God gave to Solomon reflected both His love for Solomon for the kind of man he was in his heart toward God; and of the nature of Solomon's request and desire to teach Israel how to be "A man after God's own heart;" like his father David. "Because this was in your heart," shows us how closely God sees!

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Bible Trivia

Who shall be cut off from the earth?
  • Liars
  • The Israelites
  • The meek
  • The wicked