Welcome back. Today we cover Proverbs chapter 2. It’s pretty straightforward but we’ll try to talk about it anyway. Let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, I come to you today seeking your word and the truth it contains. Please feed me with your word and grant us wisdom. May we seek you diligently and may you shape us into the beings you wish us to be. Have your way with me God. Direct my life and my thoughts: clean my mind and soul so that I may be beautiful to you. Please grant us understanding of your word today and hide the words in our hearts. Amen.

Proverbs 2

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

This chapter tells us a bit about what benefit we’ll receive for diligently pursuing wisdom and understanding.

*NOTE* As before I’m going to type out the whole chapter myself, but I recommend reading the passage for yourself in your personal Bible. However, different from the last one, there will be no asterisks this time; the links to the reference entries for the word or phrase will be embedded in the words themselves.

   

    [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.

This passage starts out simple enough. We’re being asked to receive the words and commandments, but it may be a bit deeper than that. To “incline” our ears is to pay close attention and listen. If you look at the reference entries I’ve linked to the phrase “and apply” you’ll see that the word apply in this case actually means to stretch out, offer, yield to, or bow to. It’s implying that our heart needs to bow to understanding. Sometimes our emotions and desires may take the wheel. But for understanding (translated here as intelligence, knowledge, insight etc.) to take, our desires need to be offered up to understanding. We need to truly desire it as demonstrated in verse four which tells us to seek it as a fine and secret treasure. We need to value wisdom and understanding and seek them out as if we believe them to be as sacred as they are.

Verse five brings back that familiar phrase: “the fear of the Lord.” After we have desired and sough after wisdom and understanding and knowledge and made them important, then will we understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God–which, as far as I know after consulting with Jude, could be interpreted as the knowledge about God and his presence or knowledge that comes from God. This makes sense considering Proverbs 1:7 which tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

    [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:

The Lord gives wisdom. He also hides it. the phrase “He layeth up” is interesting because, the Hebrew word used there means to store or to hide away. Which is to say, he saves sound wisdom for the righteous. Not only that but this segment also tells us that if you walk uprightly, God is a buckler for you. Note that it doesn’t say he’ll give you a buckler or use his buckler. It says “he is a buckler to them…” He is the protection. That’s pretty awesome.

So after we fear the Lord, He gives us wisdom. Then when wisdom enters our heart and knowledge becomes pleasant, Discretion will preserve us. Discretion is a familiar word too. It’s a word that in the right context could be negative, but in this case I believe it meant cleverness or clarity, these two can help us see things coming ahead of time or see where a path would or could lead before heading down it.

    [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.

Discretion is a tool that can prevent us going down the wrong roads. Roads of thieves, crooked men, and seducers. Dark paths that yield pleasure or gain for a season. Verse 19 is a sobering statement. Once you step onto those paths there is no return (recovery is difficult and impossible without Jesus). Now, all have sinned, bu tit’s still best to avoid these dark roads by prudence. Even though Jesus can save us, these paths take heavy tolls on a person and are not for anyone living in Christ and neither should they be desired. Our best option is to avoid these roads with wisdom and discretion.

     [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.

This is pretty plain. The good will remain, the bad will be wiped out.

Now, since all have sinned, who can say they are good? The Good News is that Jesus came and died as a ransom for our lives that lay captive to sin(which is everyone). All we have to do is accept it and believe it and choose to not be ashamed of him who gave his perfect and innocent life in exchange for ours which was guilty and worthy of death–which he then conquered three days after. To hear more about this amazing Savior to all, click on “The Good News” here or at the top of any page on this site, or drop us a line! We’d love the opportunity to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ with you. He is the Prince of Peace.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this and maybe learned something with me, God bless!

~Thomas Maltuin