Proverbs 2:1-9 Parallel of James 1:5. Sound wisdom comes from God Himself. If you ask and seek for it, He will provide it. It is not the foolishness of earth or of man, but true wisdom and understanding.
10-19 “…Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you…”
Wisdom is like having a shield to protect us from the evil we encounter. Keeps us from being influenced by others who practice evil, both men and women. Be careful who your friends are.
16 “To deliver you from the immoral woman…flatters with her words”
Wonder if Solomon finally understood the dangers of giving in to his desire for women. He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. They eventually were his downfall as he allowed them to pull him into idol worship. Certainly he should have stayed with God’s way of one man for one woman. But if he had insisted that all of his wives and concubines worship God, it would have been better for him and for them.
17 “…forsakes the companion of her youth…”
Interesting that each time I read of an adulteress, it is always one who is married, not single. There was an understanding that the vast majority of the women would be married. Not that way now, but I think if we had that mentality today, that each person would eventually marry, there could be more of an idea of being faithful to the spouse we would have someday. Some do this. Wish the idea would grow.
21-22 “For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.”
Contrast of the upright and unfaithful. Reminds me of the sense of immediacy my Bible teach spoke of. Sounds like this will happen immediately, but it’s actually a process with a final result. Bad things still happen to good people, and evil ones seem to live forever. But the ultimate picture shows the legacy of both sides. God will have the last word.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
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