2:1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2:2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
2:3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
2:4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
2:5 then [if we are open to and acquire God’s wisdom] you will understand [mentally and experientially] the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God [involves awareness of His nature and attributes].
2:6 For the LORD [the ultimate source of wisdom] gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
2:7 He holds victory [success; literally “wisdom”] in store for the upright, he is a shield [protection] to those whose walk is blameless,
2:8 for he guards the course of the just and protects [guards] the way of his faithful ones.
2:9 Then you will understand what is right [that which conforms to God’s moral and ethical standards] and just [cf. Amos 5:24] and fair—every good path.
2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
2:11 Discretion [the ability to plan or act that one gains through the development of wisdom] will protect you [from destructive behavior], and understanding will guard you [from destructive behavior].
2:12 Wisdom will save [rescue; by giving you the ability to perceive perverse counsel] you from the ways of wicked men [cf. Prov. 2:13-15], from men whose words are perverse,
2:13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways,
2:14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
2:15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.
2:16 It will save you also from the adulteress [a forbidden woman], from the wayward wife [a stranger] with her seductive words [one of the tricks used by seductive women to lure others into their sinful snare],
2:17 [an adulteress is unfaithful to her own husband and marriage vows] who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant [marriage covenant] she made before God.
2:18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
2:19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.
2:20 Thus you will walk in [the path we walk determines our destination; cf. Matt. 7:13] the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.
2:21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it;
2:22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.