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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

  • Iqbol on Proverbs 2
    If u can dream u can do it!!!
  • Teresa hill on Proverbs 2
    The writer of Proverbs was lead by God Himself to write this great book. If people would take the time to read it several times a year, the world would be a better place. I love this book and others in the KJV. Thank you.
  • Obbie Beal on Proverbs 2
    A treasure map directly from Jehovah, GOD. We must correctly follow this map to find these earthly Treasures-Of-GOD. Whosoever willing to follow this MAP-Of-GOD guides oneself to the Blessings during ones life on earth. Though not mention in this chapter, this same MAP-Of-GOD will further guides one to John 3:16-21, ones HEAVENLY-TREASURE which is the greatest treasure of all treasures.
  • DL Version on Proverbs 2
    If you dont know or are not sure. Ask HIM. But be prepared for the answer when it comes. Too many people dont like answers that dont fit in the box they keep God in.
  • David Calderwood on Proverbs 2
    It seems wisdom is not an agressive tool. It's presence tempers passions and increases the capacity to understand and empathize. Defending your knowledge and weaponizing it against others makes it difficult to receive the lessons God has tailored for your soul. Arrogance in your intelect is a posion to your heart and soul. It creates a condition that denies God's influence.
  • Sharon A on Proverbs 2
    God requires us to acquire wisdom from reading the bible. the psalmist tells us that it is through reading the bible and following its message that a youth can straighten his path*
  • Wil Cast - in Reply on Proverbs 2
    I really like this comment and agree with it.
  • Terri mulvaney on Proverbs 2
    Steve morrow what version of the kjb did your comment come from I like the wording of it better than this one it is easier to understand
  • Mable on Proverbs 2
    The thing it's saying to me print God's word in our hearts buy our ear hearing and speaking of God's words in knowledge and wisdom that hear and listen to his words and we print them in our hearts and that a wicked person will be cut out of God's kingdom they will not inherit his kingdom and they will be cut off from God's kingdom and left on the ground meaning they will be left to die and cast
  • Dee on Proverbs 2
    Proverbs I've read numerous times an every time I read it I gain more wisdom. An out of that wisdom comes strength, hope and courage.


 

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Who shall be cut off from the earth?
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