We're continuing our Book of Proverbs Bible study.
Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
Proverbs 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
God's servants must "hide" God's Ways deep with in themselves. This can only be acquired through deep study, meditation or and application of God's Holy Word (John 14:6-8; Ezekiel 3:3; Revelations 10:9; John 15:10-15).
Proverbs 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; Proverbs 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
God isnot going to reveal His "hidden" truths to just anyone. A Person must diligently search for God's Truths as if he were seeking for hidden treasures. Only then will God make Himself known to such a diligent person (Hebrews 11:6).
Only the Lord Himself can give such wisdom.
Proverbs 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
God is a Sword, Sheild and Buckler to those who walk in God's Righteousness (Psalm 91:4; John 14:6-8).
Proverbs 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
God promises to work out righteousness for His children. Christians never have to worry about injustices against them (Philippians 4:6-8; Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 12:19; Deuteronomy 32:35).
God's children are preserved in eternity (John 3:16).
Proverbs 2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
Only have this "long" walk of God's Knowlege can a Christian truly understand (and apply) God's righteousness, judgment, goodness and equity (justice).
Proverbs 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Proverbs 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
We explained the definition of "discretion" in our Proverbs Chapter 1 study.
With out Discretion a Christian will not be preserved or kept.
A Christian must obtain God's knowledge. They must then apply such knowledge praying for God's Holy Spirit to lead them. This application of God's knowledge will eventually lead to wisdom.
Then, and only then will Spiritual Discretion be birthed. This Discretion will then lead to perserverence.
Steps To Spiritual Discretion (Perserverence): Obtaining God's Knowledge, Asking God's Holy Spirit To Lead You, Applying God's Knowledge, Spiritual Growth, Wisdom, Discretion- Perserverence.
Proverbs 2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
Let's view the Bible's explanations of the word "froward". This word is associated with "evil":
No Faith Deuteronomy 32:20; Unsavoury (No Savior) 2 Samuel 22:27; Crafts Job 5:13; Opposite Of Pure Psalm 18:26; Wicked Froward Psalm 101:4; Crooked Proverbs 2:15; Abomination Proverbs 3:32; Perversion Proverbs 4:24; Naughty, Wicked Proverbs 6:12;
Perverse Proverbs 8:8; Pride, Arrogancy Proverbs 8:13; God will remove the Froward Proverbs 10:31; Abomination Proverbs 11:20; Strife, Separator Proverbs 16:28; Evil Proverbs 16:30; Mischief Proverbs 17:20; Strange Proverbs 21:8; Thornes, Snares Proverbs 22:5; Opposite of Gentle 1 Peter 2:18
Thus a "Froward" thing is something that opposes the Way and Will of God (John 14:6-8).
Proverbs 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Proverbs 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Proverbs 2:15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
In Proverbs 2:13 "darkness" opposes the upright.
The Strange Woman
Proverbs 2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
Let's view the Bible's definition of the word "strange":
Strange Gods & Garments, Ears, Hid, Oak, Shechem Genesis 35:2-4; Pharaoh hiding His true identity from his brothers, food, Canaan Genesis 42:7; bare, son Gershom, land Exodus 2:22;