(Prov 2:1 NASB) My son, if you will receive my sayings, And treasure my commandments within you,
Prov 2:1: The heavenly Father is personified here as the father of the son. A father is to teach His son the Torah (Deut 11:18-21, Psalm 119:9-12, Deut 6:20-25, Eph 6:4).
(Prov 2:2 NASB) Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
Prov 2:2: Elohim wants us to have ears attentive to wisdom and hearts understanding of His Torah (Matt. 13:13-17, Psalm 119:111-113, Isaiah 55:3)
(Prov 2:3 NASB) For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;
(Prov 2:4 NASB) If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures;
(Prov 2:5 NASB) Then you will discern the fear of the LORD, And discover the knowledge of God.
Prov 2:5: Discernment is to be sought after and asked for by His people (Psalm 25:4-8, 119:34-36, 73, 125, 169, James 1:5).
(Prov 2:6 NASB) For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Prov 2:6: Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are things that are granted by the Father. Man does not achieve this on his own (Dan. 1:17, 2:21-23, Luke 21:15, James 1:17-18).
(Prov 2:7 NASB) He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
(Prov 2:8 NASB) Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
(Prov 2:9 NASB) Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.
Prov 2:9: Notice who does all the work here. It is Elohim that stores up wisdom for the upright and is a mighty shield for His people. He preserves the way for His godly ones (Psalm 23:3, 143:8-10).
Through the wisdom He provides, then we will be able to discern righteousness, justice, equity, and every good course (Psalm 25:8-10, 32:8, Isa. 48:17, Jer. 6:16, Matt. 7:13-14)
(Prov 2:10 NASB) For wisdom will enter your heart, And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Prov 2:10: Elohim will plant His Torah (wisdom and knowledge) in our hearts and it will be pleasant to our souls (Psalm 19:7-10, Ezek. 36:25-27, Phil. 2:12-13, Psalm 119:97, 103, 111, 162).
(Prov 2:11 NASB) Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,
Prov 2:11: With His Torah on our hearts, we will have discretion and understanding (Psalm 25:21).
(Prov 2:12 NASB) To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things;
(Prov 2:13 NASB) From those who leave the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;
(Prov 2:14 NASB) Who delight in doing evil, And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
(Prov 2:15 NASB) Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;
Prov 2:15: To those who have Torah written on their hearts, the ways of evil are foreign (Psalm 17:4-5, 26:4-6, Psalm 1).
(Prov 2:16 NASB) To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words;
Prov 2:16: The strange (immoral) woman is the adulteress. She uses flattery with her words. Even Solomon was taken in by her (Neh. 13:26-27, Ecc. 7:26).
(Prov 2:17 NASB) That leaves the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God;
Prov 2:17: Keep in mind that this is still speaking to someone that is among His people. The companion of her youth (the immoral woman) that she leaves is the Torah that she was taught when she was young.
(Prov 2:18 NASB) For her house sinks down to death, And her tracks lead to the dead;
(Prov 2:19 NASB) None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.
Prov 2:19: Her ways only lead to death.
(Prov 2:20 NASB) So you will walk in the way of good men, And keep to the paths of the righteous.
(Prov 2:21 NASB) For the upright will live in the land, And the blameless will remain in it;
(Prov 2:22 NASB) But the wicked will be cut off from the land, And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.
Prov 2:22: The upright will inherit the Kingdom of Elohim, but the wicked will be cut off from it (Psalm 37:3-22).
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