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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 2

romises to those who seek wisdom. (1-9) The advantages of wisdom. (10-22)

Verses 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.

Verses 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?


David Burnette's Life Application

Wisdom's Warning


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 2. In our text today we see that wisdom is from the Lord and His Wisdom will keep us from a lot of heartache. The Bible says that anyone who lacks wisdom should ask of God who gives wisdom liberally and abraideth not. In making application we have God's Words on the Pages of the Bible and Proverbs is full of God's Wisdom. If we apply the Bible's text to our lives - then we too will avoid the heartaches to come. How about you? Do you seek the Wisdom of the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and listen to the Word of God for His Direction for Wisdom's Warnings.

 

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Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2

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

 2So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

 3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

 4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

 5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

 6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

 7He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

 8He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

 9Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

 10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

 11Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

 12To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

 13Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;

 14Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

 15Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

 16To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

 17Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

 18For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

 19None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

 20That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

 21For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

 22But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.