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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
January 25, 2015
Central Passage
Proverbs 2:1-15
Fourth Sunday Service

PROVERBS 2 Commentary

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As in the first chapter – God addresses us – as a father would his son.

In this first section we see several “ifs”:

1. If you receive my words
2. If you treasure my commands within you
3. If you treasure then to the point that you want to hear wisdom
4. If you apply your heart to understanding
5. If you cry out for discernment
6. If you lift up your voice for understanding
7. If you seek wisdom as you would silver
8. If you search for wisdom as you would a hidden treasure


1. You will understand the fear of the Lord
2. You will find the knowledge of God

Matthew Henry gives three steps to finding wisdom:

1. We must closely attend to the Word of God
2. We must be in much prayer
3. We must take pains to find it

If you think that wisdom will automatically come knocking at your door – you are much mistaken. Jesus told us:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)

To reap a harvest you must plant the seed, water the ground, fertilize the soil, pull the weeds – in other words – it takes effort. So too is the finding and applying of wisdom.

Wisdom is a gift of God – but it takes effort to find it.

God is the source of wisdom – He gives it out. It comes from His mouth and with it comes knowledge and understanding. There is no sense to just have knowledge if there is no understanding. The godly application of knowledge is wisdom. A person can have much knowledge but no common sense – what good is that? It is possible for a person to be an educated idiot. There are many educated people who speak foolishness. Therefore, be care who you listen to and follow. It is God who gives “sound wisdom”. 

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