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Proverbs 2:1-6 – A Treasure Hunt

Summary

Wisdom is a treasure worth seeking.

Analysis

Chapter 2 is one of the essays that make up the first section of the book (chapters 1-9). Two important features of the kind of wisdom being advocated in this collection are described here: first, wisdom is a treasure, worth seeking and hunting for (one is reminded of Jesus' story about the treasure hidden in the field [Matthew 13:44]); second, wisdom is theological wisdom, here associated with honoring the Lord and knowing about God, and seen as a divine gift (Proverbs 2:5-6).

Proverbs 2:1-6

The Value of Wisdom

2My child, if you accept my words
   and treasure up my commandments within you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
   and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 if you indeed cry out for insight,
   and raise your voice for understanding;
4 if you seek it like silver,
   and search for it as for hidden treasures—
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
   and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
   from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

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