Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
The benefits of Wisdom, so far, have been stretched through out the frist two chapters. It makes you wonder why does Solomon keep going on and on about it. Why does he keep repeating everything in a different set of words? In school I would do that to fill space, to reach the required amount of pages that was required. However Solomon isn’t writing a school paper, he is writing to teach us Wisdom. The purpose of him repeating and stretching out the benefits is because it is important! It appears to be rarely found, but yet so easily achievable to receive since Wisdom is calling out to us. So why is Wisdom not as common as it should? Wicken men.
This set of verses is doing more than pronouncing that Wisdom will protect you from evil men. These verses are warning us of wicked men. If we are being warned against something than we can know three things:
- This thing is dangerous to us
- It is easy to be a participate in the action we are being warned against
- It is not always easy to see the harm in what we are being warned against
As long as we are one of the straight paths (note straight paths,and not straight path) we are going to be tempted. In fact the devil is going to work extra hard at tempting us, and getting into the “dark ways,” away from Christ, into a land where there is no light or guidance, just our own self trying to find a way in tototal darkness. Watch out! You won’t be able to see if your next step, it could be a ledge. It could be the fall to your death. With Wisdom we will be protected. Seek for Wisdom as silver (Proverbs 2:4), listen for She is calling (Proverbs 1:20-21), and then you will receive Wisdom (Proverbs 2:5-6). Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men. Listen to Her call, and She will lead you back to the straight paths.
- Righteousness begets Righteousness: Seeking to change our world by Angela Masters Young (doyoumeanwhatiknow.wordpress.com)
- A Proverb for Today – Proverbs 4:7 (mindrenewers.com)
- Proverbs 2:6-9 (proverbialthought.com)
- Crooked paths (hopeforallmin.wordpress.com)