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2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

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Everything King James Bible:Proverbs
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Proverbs
Book: Proverbs
Chapter: 2

Promises to those who seek Wisdom. (1-9) The advantages of
Wisdom. (10-22)

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.

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?

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