Proverbs, Chapter 2
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2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and a hide my
commandments with thee;
(a) That is, keep them in your heart.
2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply b
thine heart to understanding;
(b) If you give yourself to the true knowledge of God
2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] c liftest up
thy voice for understanding;
(c) Meaning that we must seek the knowledge of God with care
2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as
[for] hid d treasures;
(d) Showing that no labour must be spared.
2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find
the e knowledge of God.
(e) This (he says) is the true wisdom to know and fear God.
2:11 f Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall
(f) The word of God will guide you, and teach you how to
2:13 Who leave the g paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways
(g) That is, the word of God, which is the only light, to
follow their own fantasies which are darkness.
2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight h in the
frowardness of the wicked;
(h) When they see any given to evil as they are.
2:16 To deliver thee from the strange i woman, [even] from the
stranger [which] flattereth with her words;
(i) Meaning, the wisdom which is the word of God, will
preserve us from all vices: naming this vice of
whoredom to which man is most prone.
2:17 Which forsaketh the k guide of her youth, and forgetteth
the covenant of her God.
(k) That is, her husband, who is her head and guide to
govern her, from whom she ought not to depart, but
remain in his subjection.
2:18 For her m house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto
n the dead.
(m) Her acquaintance with her spirits and they that haunt
2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the o land, and the
perfect shall remain in it.
(n) To them who are dead in body and soul.
(o) They will enjoy the temporal and spiritual promises of
God, as the wicked will be void of them.
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