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The Value of Wisdom


My child, if you accept my words

and treasure up my commandments within you,


making your ear attentive to wisdom

and inclining your heart to understanding;


if you indeed cry out for insight,

and raise your voice for understanding;


if you seek it like silver,

and search for it as for hidden treasures—


then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.


For the Lord gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;


he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,


guarding the paths of justice

and preserving the way of his faithful ones.


Then you will understand righteousness and justice

and equity, every good path;


for wisdom will come into your heart,

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;


prudence will watch over you;

and understanding will guard you.


It will save you from the way of evil,

from those who speak perversely,


who forsake the paths of uprightness

to walk in the ways of darkness,


who rejoice in doing evil

and delight in the perverseness of evil;


those whose paths are crooked,

and who are devious in their ways.


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Pr 2:1-22. Men are invited to seek wisdom because it teaches those principles by which they may obtain God's guidance and avoid the society and influence of the wicked, whose pernicious courses are described.

1-5. Diligence in hearing and praying for instruction must be used to secure the great principle of godliness, the fear of God.

hide … with thee—lay up in store (compare Pr 7:1).

2. Listen attentively and reflect seriously (Pr 1:24; Ps 130:2).

understanding—right perception of truth.

3. Yea, if—literally, "When if," that is, in such a case.

knowledge—or, "discrimination."

understanding—as in Pr 2:2.

4. There must be earnest prayer and effort.

5. understand—or, "perceive intelligently."


6. For—God is ready (Jas 1:5; 4:8).

out of his mouth—by revelation from Him.

7. sound wisdom—literally, "substance," opposed to what is fictitious. According to the context, this may be assistance, as here corresponding with

buckler—or safety, or wisdom, which procures it (compare Pr 3:21; 8:14; 18:1; Job 6:13; 12:13).

layeth up—provides, ever ready.

8. keepeth … way—God defends the right way, and those in it.

saints—objects of favor (compare Ps 4:3, &c.). He guides and guards them.

9. Then—emphatic, in such a case.

righteousness … path—all parts of duty to God and man.

10, 11. Idea of Pr 2:9, amplified; on terms, compare Pr 2:2 and Pr 2:4.

12-15. To deliver—as from great danger (Pr 6:5).

way … man—(Ps 1:1).

froward things—perversity (Pr 6:14; 23:23), what is opposed to truth.

13. paths of uprightness—or, "plainness."

walk—habitually act;

14. and that with pleasure, in ignorance of good and pursuit of evil.

frowardness—Not only their own perversity, but that of others is their delight. They love most the worst things.

15. crooked—tortuous, unprincipled.

froward—literally, (they) are going back, not only aside from right, but opposite to it.