My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 *Discretion will *preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks *perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who *forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the *covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it. Proverbs 2 NKJ
Verse 17 speaks of the immoral woman “who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.”
The covenant of her God is the marriage covenant. When married, a couple makes an agreement in the presence of God. In the new living translation this verse says, “she has abandoned her husband.” which means she has broken the covenant.
*Perverse: wayward or cantankerous. (2nd definition) turned away from what is right, right good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
*Covenant: an agreement usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not to do something specified. (2nd definition)a formal agreement or legal validity, especially one under seal.
*Forsake: to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert. (2nd definition) to give up or renounce.
Abandon: to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert. (2nd definition) to give up; discontinue; withdraw from.
*Proverbs 2 explains the way of evil in verses 12 through 15. It explains or tells of the way of the immoral woman and what yielding or submitting to her will lead to in verses 16-19.
Are verses 1 through 11 showing those who read it that understanding, discernment, wisdom, and knowledge delivers an individual from the way of evil and from the immoral woman?
- Shows how to understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God (Verses 1-5)
- Shows who knowledge and understanding come from, and who gives wisdom (“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 NKJ) Now that you know this, you can ask Him(God) for it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5 NKJ
- Shows the result of having wisdom and when knowledge becomes pleasant for us (Verses 10-11).
Consider, again, verses 3 and 4; “Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures…” quired, obtained or found.
Proverbs 2 speaks of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge…I am reminded of how much perseverance a man puts in pursing a woman that he is sincerely attracted to. Should that be? Is it natural?
The comment “he just wants to get in your pants” (which is told by most mothers and/or fathers to their daughters) throws out the reason of true persuasion…does it throw out the meaningfulness of it also? Sure the comment may be true with some, but with all? It cannot be. And fear can stop something good or bad from happening. ie: the woman for fear of being used will most definitely push away the man pursuing her (resulting in rejection) and the man for fear of being viewed as one of those types of men (or being stereotyped) will not pursue the woman that he is interested in at all. So, how would or could someone avoid this or any other misunderstanding? Other than doing what Matthew 6:33 says, Proverbs 2:10-11 says
“When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you”
*Discretion: the power to decide or act according to one’s own judgement. (2nd definition) the quality of being discreet; prudence or decorum; tactfulness.
*Preserve: to keep alive or in existence; make lasting. (2nd definition) to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare.
Feel free to comment. Like all my other posts this is open for discussion.