Proverbs 2:2

2 listening closely[a] to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding;

Proverbs 2:2 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 2:2

So that thou incline thine ear unto Wisdom
Hearken to Wisdom, that is, Christ; or rather to the instruction of Wisdom, which is the Gospel; so called, because it is the produce of divine wisdom, what the wisdom of man could never have devised, and which it opposes; and in which there is a most glorious display of the wisdom of God, in the justification and salvation of his people by Christ, ( 1 Corinthians 2:6 1 Corinthians 2:7 ) ; and is worth listening unto with the greatest attention, which is what is designed by this expression; [and] apply thine heart to understanding;
to a spiritual and experimental understanding of the Gospel, and the truths of it: for an inclination of the ear, without an application of the heart, which signifies the intenseness of the mind, an earnest and hearty desire after knowledge, will signify nothing; a hypocrite may seemingly hear with great attention, and show much affection, and yet his heart be after the world and the things of it, ( Ezekiel 33:31 ) ; see ( Psalms 119:112 ) .

Proverbs 2:2 In-Context

1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,
2 listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding;
3 furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Lit you, stretching out your ear
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