Verse 1 – My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you,
Verse 2 – So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
Verse 3 – Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding,
Verse 4 – If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures;
Verse 5 – Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find knowledge of God.
These first five verses are conditional. First we are told to accept God’s wisdom, not reject it. Then we are to passionately seek it from God with everything that is in us. When we truly seek God’s wisdom through His Word, revelation and the knowledge of God will be given. The true knowledge of God will be hidden to the rebellious and those who reject His Son.
Verse 6 – For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Verse 7 – He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
Upright means corresponding in agreement to God’s ethical instruction. When we conduct ourselves with integrity and responsibility, then these verses apply.
Verse 8 – He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.
Verse 9 – Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path.
Verse 10 – When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Verse 11 – Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you,
Discretion can be a detection to tell the difference between right and wrong. It’s an ability to tell if someone’s motives are evil or not. With practice, it will help us evaluate courses of action and the consequences. This is another gift that comes through having God’s Holy Spirit.
Verse 12 – To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things,
Perverse is turning something into something else; turning the truth of God, into a lie. In our society many things have been made perverse; marriage between a man and woman for one; people not knowing what gender they are for another; telling women it’s a heath issue in order to kill babies in the womb.
Verse 13 – From those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness.
Verse 14 – Who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked;
Verse 15 – Whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths;
These verses are talking about what God’s wisdom will deliver us from. When we choose to follow God’s instruction manual, the Bible, and not ignore His understanding and teaching, then He will deliver and protect us.
Verse 16 – To deliver you from immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words,
Verse 17 – Who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.
Verse 18 – For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead;
Verse 19 – None who go to her return; nor do they regain the paths of life –
Solomon is either talking about an adulteress woman or a prostitute. Solomon would have done well to have taken his own advice because he ended up with 700 wives and 300 concubines. Pride and sexual immorality are two of the hardest and most tempting sins to overcome. Both are seductive. Pride says, “I deserve it” while sexual desire says, “I need it.”
Verse 20 – So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness.
Verse 21 – For the upright will dwell int he land, and the blameless will remain in it;
Verse 22 – But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the unfaithful off from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.
To inhabit the land, means to enjoy God’s blessings through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Treacherous, evil and wicked people are unfaithful in their relationships and have abandoned and rejected any commitment to God.