Proverbs 2:7-22

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Proverbs 2

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18) (continued)

C. The moral values of wisdom (2:1-22)

A third lesson from a Father to a Son (2:1-22): the happy results of pursuing and acquiring wisdom

7 He (i.e. the LORD) layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (sound wisdom is readily available for the saved person): he (i.e. the LORD) is a buckler (i.e. a shield) to them that walk uprightly (The LORD will provide protection for those who live righteous lives or live in integrity).

8 He (i.e. the LORD) keepeth (i.e. guards) the paths of judgment (i.e. justice) (He watches over or guards the paths in which God's people walk, and preserveth (i.e. keeps or guards) the way (the course of life) of his saints.

9 THEN shalt thou understand (or discern) righteousness, and judgment (i.e. justice), and equity (i.e. uprightness); yea, every good path. (Compare Proverbs 1:3 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice (i.e. righteousness), and judgment (i.e. justice), and equity (i.e. uprightness).

10 WHEN wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant (i.e. delightful) unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve (i.e. keep or guard) thee, understanding shall keep (i.e. watch over or guard) thee:

12 TO DELIVER (i.e. rescue or save) THEE FROM THE WAY OF THE EVIL MAN, from the man that speaketh froward (i.e. perverse) things;

13 Who (i.e. evil men) leave the paths of uprightness, to walk (i.e. live) in the ways of darkness;

14 Who (i.e. evil men) rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness (i.e. perversity or perverse things) of the wicked;

15 Whose (i.e. evil men's) ways (i.e. paths) are crooked (i.e. twisted or perverse), and they froward (i.e. devious or perverse) in their paths:

16 TO DELIVER THEE FROM THE STRANGE WOMAN (i.e. prostitute, harlot, or adulteress), even from the stranger (i.e. harlot, prostitute, or adulteress) which flattereth (who is smooth, who is deceitful, who is slippery) with her words;

17 Which (i.e. who = the strange woman, prostitute, harlot, or adulteress) forsaketh (i.e. leaves or departs from) the guide (i.e. intimate friend = husband) of her youth, and forgetteth (or ignores) the covenant of her God (probably the Mosaic Law, especially the seventh commandment forbidding adultery).

18 For her (i.e. the prostitute's, the harlot's, or the adulteress') house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

19 None that go unto her (i.e. the strange woman, the prostitute, the harlot, or the adulteress) return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life (it is a one-way trip).

20 THAT THOU MAYEST WALK (i.e. live) 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 (i.e. the blameless or pure) shall remain in it (they will not be cut off from the land like the wicked or rooted out of the land like the wicked).

22 But the wicked shall be cut off (i.e. by death or by exile) from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.