Proverbs 2: Wisdom’s Great Value

What makes instructions memorable?

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Proverbs 2:1–5 My child, if you heed my advice and value my instructions enough to remember, seeking to understand and gain wisdom, desperate to know and act upon the truth, if you seek wisdom like riches and hidden treasure, then you will know and respect the Lord God.
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Proverbs 2:1–5 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

To gain knowledge and respect for God, what should we do?

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Proverbs 2:1–5 My child, if you heed my advice and value my instructions enough to remember, seeking to understand and gain wisdom, desperate to know and act upon the truth, if you seek wisdom like riches and hidden treasure, then you will know and respect the Lord God.
King James
Proverbs 2:1–5 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

By what means does God communicate his knowledge and wisdom?

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Proverbs 2:6 The Lord is the source of all wisdom. From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
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Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

If God gives wisdom to those who desire to do right, what does he give to those who don’t?

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Proverbs 2:7 He gives wisdom to those who desire to do right and protects the innocent.
Romans 1:28 Since they don’t want to admit God’s existence, they develop perverted beliefs so they can do whatever indecency feels good to them.
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Proverbs 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

How should Christians feel about justice?

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Proverbs 2:8–10 God takes care of justice and protects those who are committed to him. With his wisdom, you can judge what is true, right, and fair, doing good wherever you go.
Romans 12:19–20 Fellow believers, don’t seek vengeance when people mistreat you. If needed, God will handle punishment better than you can, for he says in Scripture, Vengeance is mine, and I’ll see justice done. If your enemy is hungry, prepare a feast for him. If he is thirsty, give him your best wine. Your generosity will amaze him—as much a shock as coals of fire being poured upon his head—and God will reward you.
Filled with wisdom, you will feel really good.
King James
Proverbs 2:8–10 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Romans 12:19–20 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Why should we trust our feeling that we have done what is right? How might that feeling be misleading?

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Proverbs 2:11–15 Knowing what is right and making wise choices will keep you safe.
Wisdom will protect you from wicked people who pervert the truth, who have left righteousness to walk on the dark side, who rejoice in other people’s calamities and enjoy evil as if it were good. They walk a crooked path of deception.
King James
Proverbs 2:11–15 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

How can wicked people find pleasure in the calamities of others?

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Proverbs 2:11–15 Knowing what is right and making wise choices will keep you safe.
Wisdom will protect you from wicked people who pervert the truth, who have left righteousness to walk on the dark side, who rejoice in other people’s calamities and enjoy evil as if it were good. They walk a crooked path of deception.
King James
Proverbs 2:11–15 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

From where does a woman get her seductive power?

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Proverbs 2:16–17 Wisdom will save you from the seductive woman, who would entice you with flattering words, who left her innocence of youth and forgot her vows of purity.
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Proverbs 2:16–17 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

Why isn’t knowing the consequence of sin more effective in keeping people on the right path?

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Proverbs 2:18–19 The path to her house leads to death and the grave. 19 Go to her, and you will not find the path to life.
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Proverbs 2:18–19 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

How important is aligning ourselves with good people?

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Proverbs 2:20 Align yourself with good people, and walk the path of always doing what is right.
Hebrews 10:25 Don’t be like some who fail to regularly meet together. Encourage one another more and more as the day of the Lord’s return approaches.
King James
Proverbs 2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Why do the wicked still live among the righteous?

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Proverbs 2:21–22 The righteous will live in the land. Blameless, they will remain there, 22 but the wicked will be expelled. The deceitful will be pulled up like weeds.
Matthew 13:24–30 Jesus gave this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who sowed good wheat in his field. While everyone slept, his adversary sowed weeds among the wheat and slipped away, unseen. As the wheat grew and developed its heads of grain, the weeds also grew. The workers said to the farmer, ‘Didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy has done this.’
“‘Do you want us to pull the weeds?’ they said.
“‘No. While you are pulling the weeds you might uproot some of the wheat. Let them both grow until harvest time. Then I will tell the reapers to bundle the weeds, burn them, and bring the wheat into my barn.'”
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Proverbs 2:21–22 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Matthew 13:24–30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.
The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.