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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

  • Dee
    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.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 2:3 yea if thou criest after knowledge and liftest up thy voice for understanding --2:9--then shalt thou understand righteousness and judgement and equity yea every good path PROVERBS 21:16 THE MAN THAT WANDERETH OUT OF THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING SHALL REMAIN IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 2:6 for THE LORD giveth wisdom out of HIS mouth cometh knowledge and understanding -- 2:7-- HE layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous HE is a buckler to them that walk uprightly 1 CORINTHIANS 1:5 THAT YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WISDOM OF MEN BUT IN THE POWER OF GOD
  • William Rankins
    One of the greatest thing about the book of Proverbs, is that it was written in a manner that all ppl who read it could understand it.
    King Solomon, had many of the teachings from his father, who received wisdom and knowledge from God.
    This book is capable of making anyone who read it WISE. So it is in today's society, anyone who reads it and seek wisdom to understand it from God, will benefit.
  • BSP
    We must tune our ears into the godly wisdom found in the Bible.
  • A disciple
    Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. The Spirit of Christ brings glad tidings to the poor, healing to the broken in heart, liberty for those crushed under cruelty and oppression, and proclamation of a better Country and a Day of Eternal Righteousness to come. To those who are of the truth, the light springing up in their darkness is the glory of God and salvation but to the rest who hate the light, it is the doom of God's rejection. To Jesus' friends and neighbors in Nazareth it was an offense that someone they thought they knew for thirty years could dare to announce the Glad Tidings of God's salvation with authority. What then sets them in a fury to kill Him, is when He puts His finger directly on their unfitness and rejection of God because of their over familiarity and unbelief. Just like Israel in Elijah and Elisha's times, the people were calloused over in their hearts against the LORD, and had all but forsaken Him for the gods of the heathen so God rejected their widows and lepers and gave the blessing and the healing to strangers who appreciated it. So it is with all knowledge of God's holy things: to those who have shall more be given but to those who have not, even what they have shall be taken away from them.
  • Miguel
    The lord in good times and bad times will let us know what to do or what to say, He will open our mind to understand and to make the right desicion'
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 2:6 for THE LORD giveth wisdom out of --HIS MOUTH-- cometh knowledge and understanding --2:7-- HE layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous HE is a buckler to them that walk uprightly 1 CORINTHIANS 1:24 but unto them which are called both jews and greeks CHRIST the power of GOD and the wisdom of GOD ECCLESIASTES 8:4 WHERE THE WORD OF A KING IS THERE IS POWER .....

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