Proverbs 2 Commentary

Proverbs 2 Commentary

The picture given is that of a father teaching his child. The truant teen may easily dismiss the teaching as old-fashioned and out-of-touch dad’s talk. Not so with Proverbs. Solomon is sharing with us the wisdom that the LORD gave him after asking.

The LORD had commended Solomon for asking for wisdom instead of wealth. Solomon wants others to do the same: seek wisdom like you are looking for gems.

Note that chapter 1 claimed Solomon authored the Book of Proverbs. The compiler of Proverbs knew exactly what he meant. He knew Solomon wasn’t the only source of the material in this book. The reference to Solomon has its source in the fact that the LORD authored the Book as an answer to Solomon’s request for wisdom. We are therefore looking at wisdom from the LORD.

“It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding.” Verse 6 GNT.

The ‘teen’ may want to know that this Book is no longer just common knowledge or simply good advice from dad. There is an expectation placed on the reader. This is how the LORD wants His world to be. It should result in profitability for all.

But wait a minute. What do we have to say about godly values that have caused more trouble than good for the saint? And the ungodly vices that look cool and profitable? “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NIV.

Welcome to the Book of Proverbs. It has all the answers! Yes, all the answers because the LORD is speaking.

Throughout the scripture, the fidelity of a woman is given as an example of man’s godliness before the holy God. The seduction of a wayward wife represents the lure of the world. The scripture is underlining the thought that sin is a sugar-coated poison.

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men. Seduction and now perverseness; it is a wide soul trap. Wisdom from the LORD will help you avoid both.

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” Verse 7.

Let this statement holds true even in the face of counterfeit joys and thrills of sin. The scripture wants God’s child to listen and learn. They should tell the difference.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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