THE MAN OF UNDERSTANDING
You Shall Find the Knowledge of God – Proverbs 2:1-9
Verses 1 – 5 – “…If thou wilt receive my words…” The “ifs” of learning and instruction. Using the affectionate term “my son” the parent, the teacher continues the instruction. The “ifs” state a conditional teaching.
“Receive” means to seize, take hold of when they are heard and taught. It is as though to be taken and applied as it is your very own. “Hide” to hoard them, protect them; meaning do not let anything pervert or change them. This word is used again in verse 7 as “Layeth up”.
The “commandments” are those things which are being taught; the Law, Ordinances, precepts.
These should be sought as though it was the most excellent treasure; “silver” “hid treasures”. When these “ifs”; ie. these conditions are met, then you will “find the knowledge of God” (v. 5).
Verse 6 – “The LORD giveth wisdom” The source of wisdom and knowledge. Since it is the LORD who gives wisdom, it must be clear that knowledge and understanding; closely associated with wisdom; then must also be given by the LORD through wisdom.
“…Out of His mouth” The study note from the MacArthur Study Bible states,
“His mouth. The words of His mouth are contained in Scripture. It is there that God speaks (cf. Heb. 1:1-2; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21). Wisdom comes only by revelation.”
Knowledge in our current society is associated with having received an education at a college, university, etc. The knowledge we read of here is that knowledge which only God Himself gives.
Verse 7 – “He layeth up sound wisdom” The Hebrew word for “layeth up” is the same as that for hide as in verse 1. Sound wisdom is thus stored up by God for the righteous.
It could have much to do with Amos’s words,
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
and even Jesus’s words to Peter at his confession of Christ (Matthew 16:17).
“He is a buckler” – Buckler is a shield, a form of defense. The LORD is a defense, our whole defense against the wicked and the peril of the wicked.
Verses 8 – 9 – “He keepeth the paths..” The LORD guards and maintains. From the Pulpit Commentary this note,
“It is God who “keepeth the paths of judgment,” as he alone has the power to do so. He watches over all that walk therein, guides, superintends, and protects them.” e-Sword edition.
“Preserveth the way of His saints” is as the LORD putting a hedge around to protect the righteous as they walk in Him.
Verse 9 then, tells us that in His keeping and preserving (Hedging us in) we “understand” righteousness, judgment, and equity (which is equality, or fairness).
Our understanding of equality, righteousness, judgment; God’s keeping us, and preserving us must come from the wisdom of God. When we receive correct instruction we should hide it within our hearts and minds; keeping it for use in life’s situations.
-Tim A. Blankenship