Proverbs 2:1-22 The Pursuit And Protection Of Wisdom

Memory Verse: Proverbs 2:6

2:1-9 The Intentional Pursuit Of Wisdom Leads To God

  • 2:1a The admonition continues (from chapter 1) in the sense of a parent to a child or more specifically a father to a son—meaning that you can sense the care, concern, consideration, and calculated (intentional) involvement of a father in his son’s life so that he can teach him what is right and wrong (according to the wisdom gained from God’s law). He first starts with a strong statement about the importance of accepting, seeking after, and practically applying wisdom (which is found in God).
  • 2:5 “If” is a key word in verses 1-4 meaning that “on condition that” he does the following things, “then” he will “understand” (discern; learn) the fear (reverential respect) of the Lord (to view God for whom He truly is and respond with reverential respect in our attitudes, actions and words that His nature and character demands), and he will find (discover; arrive at) the knowledge of God (to not only comprehend who God is but also to know Him). So what does he need to do? He needs to give his utmost pursuit. Such wisdom and understanding doesn’t come to the unwilling, uninterested, inattentive, indifferent, prideful or wicked, but it comes to the humble and diligent seeker through intentional pursuit. How intentional are you about your pursuit of God and His ways?
  • 2:1b He needs to “receive” (to accept willingly) the words (statements) that his father is telling him and “hide” (store up; treasure—to regard as highly valued) them within himself. Are you earnest in your pursuit?
  • 2:2 He needs to “incline” (listen; pay attention) or turn his ear to wisdom and “apply” (incline; to make receptive; to make willing) his heart (“inner person”) to understanding. Are you teachable in your pursuit?
  • 2:3 He needs to “criest” (to call out) after knowledge (insight; discernment) and “liftest up thy voice” (cry aloud; to raise his voice) for understanding. Are you passionate in your pursuit?
  • 2:4 He needs to “seekest” (look for; to get) it as for silver and “searchest” (look for; to locate or discover) for it as for hidden treasure. Are you intentional in your pursuit?
  • 2:6 God is the source of all true wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It is the LORD who gives wisdom. Out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. His Word is truth. And not only that, but He has positive principles of protection for those who truly pursue Him, His ways, and then lives accordingly for His honor and glory (true believers living in accordance to His will). Does your lifestyle pursue Him?
    Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • 2:7a The Righteous: He “layeth up” (to store up; to hold or keep aside for future use) sound wisdom for the “righteous” (an upright person according to God’s standard). 
  • 2:7b Walk Uprightly: He is a “buckler” (shield) to those whose whom “walk” (behavior) “uprightly” (integrity, blameless).
  • 2:8 His Saints: He “keepeth” (guards; maintains) the paths of judgment (justice) and “preserveth” (guards; protects; watches over) the way of His “saints” (faithful ones; godly ones; devoted lover of God).
  • 2:9 This verse picks back up on answering the “if” phrases in verses 1-4, meaning “on condition that” he does the things mentioned in those verses, “then” he will understand “righteousness” (what is right) and “judgment” (what is just), and “equity” (what is fair). Simply put, we will receive understanding about “every good path”. 

2:10 Wise Living: Godly Life-change From The Inside Out

  • 2:10 When our pursuit not only finds God as the source of all true wisdom, knowledge, and understanding but continues to daily pursue Him, then wisdom enters our hearts (“inner person”), and knowledge will be pleasant (enjoyable) to our souls. In verse 2 and 10 the “heart” is mentioned. The heart represents the “inner person” or the real orientation, belief, motivation and attitude of a person. It is from the heart that we think, feel and make decisions. It is the source from which everything we do in life is issued from. We need to intentionally incline our hearts to understanding and as a result wisdom will enter our hearts and cause godly life-change from the inside out. This is wise living.

2:11-19 Wise Living Rescues From Evil Men And Adulterous Women

  • 2:11 Part of this godly life-change is having safety through God-given: (1) “discretion” (judging wisely and objectively)—which will “preserve” (guards; protects; watches over) you, and (2) understanding—which will “keep” (guard safely) you. Having godly discretion and understanding delivers (rescues) us from all kinds of evil (especially those whose attitudes, actions and words don’t fear God but are contrary to Him), including the following examples of evil people and adulterous women:
  • 2:12-15 God-given discretion and understanding will rescue us from “the way of the evil man (person)”—one who speaks froward things (perverted; perverse); one who forsakes the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; one who rejoices in doing evil, and delights in the frowardness of the wicked (perverseness of evil); one who whose ways are crooked (dishonest and immoral), and froward (devious; deceitful) in their paths.
  • 2:16-19 God-given discretion and understanding will rescue us from “the strange woman” (adulterous woman)—one who flatters with her deceptive and seductive words; one who forsook the “guide” (husband) of her youth, and purposely forgets or ignores the covenant she made before her God (marriage covenant). The house of this type of woman “inclineth” (sinks) down to death, and her paths unto the dead—meaning it is destructive for those involved. Nobody who goes to her returns again, nor do they take hold (regain; attain; reach) the paths of life—meaning it has devastating consequences and leads to death.
    Genesis 2:24; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10; Malachi 2:14

2:20-22 The End Result Of The Righteous And The Wicked

  • 2:20-21 Another part of this godly life-change and God-given discretion and understanding is being on the right path. Not only is there safety from the wrong path in life, but is leads us to walk in the way of “good men (people),” and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the “perfect” (blameless; those with integrity) will remain in it—results in blessing such as the possibility of a long life on earth and eternal life thereafter.
  • 2:22 On the contrary, the wicked will be cut off from the land (earth), and the “transgressors” (treacherous; unfaithful) will be rooted out of it—results in cursing such as the possibility of shorten life on earth and eternal damnation thereafter.

Review Questions

  • Who is the source of all true wisdom, knowledge, and understanding?
  • How is the pursuit of God and His ways described?
  • Wise living is what?
  • Wise living rescues from what?
  • What is the end of the righteous and the wicked?

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