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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel
Date Penned: (970-931 BC)
Overview: Wisdom to Teach People to Live Godly (c 1-31)
Theme: Wisdom for Young Men (c 1-9)
Message: Wisdom is from God (v 1-22)

Proverbs 2 Commentary 

(2:3-6) Wisdom's Starting Point - Wisdom comes in two ways: It is both a God-given gift and the result of diligent searching. Wisdom's starting point is God and his revealed Word, the source of knowledge and understanding (2:6). In that sense, wisdom is God's gift to us. But he gives wisdom only to those who earnestly seek it. Because God's wisdom stays hidden from the rebellious and foolish. It requires effort to find it and use it. The pathway to wisdom is strenuous. But it is only on God's path that we discover his true and reliable wisdom. He will guide us to it and reward our sincere and persistent search. 

(2:10) Growing in Wisdom - We gain wisdom through a constant process of growing. We grow in wisdom as we do four things: (1) We must trust and honor God. (2) We must realize that the Bible reveals God's wisdom to us. (3) We must make a lifelong series of good choices and avoid decisions that compromise our integrity. (4) When we make sinful or mistaken choices, we must learn from our errors and recover. People don't develop all aspects of wisdom at once. For example, some people have more insight than discretion; others have more knowledge than common sense. But we can pray to receive all aspects of wisdom and take the steps to develop all of them. The end result will be true joy in a life well lived. 

(2:16) Pride - Two of the most difficult sins to resist are pride and sexual immorality. Both are seductive. Pride whispers, You deserve it; sexual desire demands, You need it. In combination, their appeal is deadly. Pride appeals to the empty head; sexual enticement to the empty heart. By looking to God, we can fill our heads with his wisdom and our hearts with his love. Ask God daily to fill vou with his wisdom and love so that there will be little room inside you tor these temptations to take root and grow. Don't be tooled--remember what God says about who you are and what you were meant to be.

Dave 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 upbraideth 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, 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.


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.