Proverbs 2

Week 2 – Proverbs 2

We started off this Bibly study journey last week by looking into chapter 1. Today we will be diving into chapter 2. So let us read it first.

  1. My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
  2. turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—
  3. indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
  4. and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
  5. then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
  6. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  7. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
  8. for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
  9. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
  10. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
  11. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
  12. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,
  13. who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
  14. who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
  15. whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
  16. Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
  17. who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.
  18. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
  19. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
  20. Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.
  21. For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;
  22. but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Section 1 – Seek Wisdom (verse 1 – 5)

Chapter 2 starts immediately with the writer telling his son to seek wisdom. Referring to the previous challenge and statement I made. Kids can’t obey instructions that they haven’t received. Proverbs 2:1 -5 is all about this concept.

Verse 3 to 5 really emphasise why we need to seek wisdom.

“Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

Section 2 – God Rewards the Righteous (verse 6 – 9)

Don’t you think it is awesome to know that God rewards the righteous? To state the obvious; it is to our benefit to be righteous. And it will be wise to raise our kids to be righteous. This simply makes sense. Don’t you agree?

But not only does God reward us for being righteous; verse 7 and 8 says that He also protects us.

“he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”

He makes this promise also in Psalms 91:9-13.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Section 3 – Benefits of Wisdom (verse 10 – 15)

In these verses we read again the benefits of having wisdom. We also read on how it will protect us, and from what.

I want you as a parent to realise just how important it is to teach your kids wisdom. To make them fall in love with wisdom, and seeking it every day. By doing this, the following will happen:

  • Discretion will protect them (verse 11)
  • Understanding will guard them (verse 11)
  • Save them from the ways of wicked men (verse 12)
  • Save them from men whose words are perverse (verse 12)
  • Save them from people who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, (verse 13)
  • Save them from people who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil (verse 14)
  • Save them from people whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. (verse 15)

Can you see now the importance of wisdom, and how you can protect your child from so many wicked people, simply by generating a hunger in them for wisdom?

Section 4 – Stay Away From This Woman (verse 16 – 19)

Well, this verse is aimed at all the parents with sons. Sometimes we don’t want to talk to our kids about girls and boys. We keep postponing it till “later when they are older”. And then one day they bring someone home and you realise just how quickly they grew up.

Remember what we read in verse 1. The writer of this chapter was talking to his son. And even though we don’t know how old his son was at the time, the fact is that the writer didn’t postponed “the talk”, but had the discussion with his son because he knew it was important.

Ask yourself this question. Where will your son learn what a godly woman is and what women to stay away from? From you as a parent? Society? His friends? School? Media?

Section 5 – Be A Good Person (verse 20 – 22)

The last 3 verses are plain and simple. Strive to be a good person, not bad. We read this in verses 20 and 22.

Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. (verse 20 – be good)

but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it. (verse 22 – don’t be bad)

This section is so simple, but yet so important. Every parent wants their kids to become good people one day. Let these verses simply be a reminder of that goal you want to achieve.

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