Proverbs 24:14

14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:14 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 24:14

So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul
Or let it be taken in as greedily and with as good an appetite; as pleasant, useful, delightful, and profitable; even the knowledge of Christ, the Wisdom of God, which is preferable to all things else, and more desirable than the most pleasant and profitable things in the world; and of the Gospel of Christ, the wisdom of God in a mystery, than which nothing is more sweet and comfortable to a truly gracious soul; it is like Ezekiel's roll, which was in his mouth as honey for sweetness, ( Ezekiel 3:3 ) ; when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward;
for though there may be some difficulty and trouble to attain it, in the use of means, by reading, bearing, prayer, and meditation, yet, being enjoyed, it carries its own reward with it; a man is abundantly recompensed for all his pains in the pursuit of it, by the pleasure and profit it yields him now and hereafter; for it is the beginning of life eternal, and will issue in it, ( John 17:3 ) ; see ( Proverbs 2:3-5 ) ( 3:13 ) ; and thy expectation shall not be cut off;
or "hope" F15; as the hope of the hypocrite will, ( Job 8:14 ) , the hope of eternal life, as founded on Christ and his righteousness, where such that know Wisdom place their hope; and this hope will not make them ashamed; they will not be disappointed, their expectation shall not perish, they will have what they are waiting and hoping for, and what is promised unto them, (See Gill on Proverbs 23:18). The Targum is,

``which if thou findest, the last shall come better than the first, and thy hope shall not be consumed.''

FOOTNOTES:

F15 (Ktwqt) "spes tua", Mercerus.

Proverbs 24:14 In-Context

12 If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
13 My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place;
16 For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.