Proverbs 2:1-5

1 My son, if you will receive my words

And treasure my commandments within you,

2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,

Incline your heart to understanding;

3 For if you cry for discernment,

Lift your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek her as silver

And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord

And discover the knowledge of God.

 

 What is the fear of the Lord? This wise father clearly desires that his child discern it, and he knows this will not come easily. The child need not work to fear embarrassment or failure, abandonment or ridicule. Fear of other’s opinions comes quite naturally.

 To discern the fear of the Lord, however, requires effort. One must be attentive to the wisdom of earlier generations, and treasure what they say. Humility is needed, and the desire to learn. These things alone may not be enough, one also needs the courage to ask questions and seek challenges. 

But the path is worth taking, it leads to hidden treasures.

 Does it seem too difficult? Consider the alternative. Easy paths take you nowhere worth going. Those on the easy path mock the fear of the Lord. And why shouldn’t they? Many things seem absurd when misunderstood.

 The fear of the Lord appears to be a burden, but in fact it is the key to freedom. It is an acknowledgement of accountability. The fool rejects this, allowing his desires to enslave him. Accountability is a guardrail, keeping us from wrecking our lives. 

 The fear of the Lord also frees us from all other fears. Those who do not fear the Lord are bound to fear something – if not everything – else.

2 thoughts on “Proverbs 2:1-5

  1. Thank you for this blog post. Great reminder! There is great personal benefit to the person who fears the Lord. As the Psalmist states in Psalm 34:7-9 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!”

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  2. I find the challenge of these verses in the progression of the verbs: receive (my words), treasure (my commandments), make your ear attentive, incline your heart, cry (for discernment), lift your voice, seek, search. Beginning with truly receiving his words the hearer is treasuring them, listening attentively, crying/lifting their voice for understanding and ultimately seeking and searching them out. The analogy used compares this earnestness with what we would employ in our pursuit of wealth (silver/hidden treasures). How convicting! Matthew 5:6 comes to mind… “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
    Matthew 5:6 ESV

    Am I hungering and thirsting for righteousness like I am longing to be free from debt and in a place of financial peace/stability? Jesus, please help me yearn for understanding more than silver or hidden treasures.

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