Proverbs 2* Promises to those who seek wisdom. (1-9) The advantages ofwisdom. (10-22)1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will nevercomplain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness ofthe gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, #Joh6:27|. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, andit shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They arethe righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, whichconsists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek tohim for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment. 10-22 If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid allevil company and evil practices. When wisdom has dominion overus, then it not only fills the head, but enters into the heart,and will preserve, both against corruptions within andtemptations without. The ways of sin are ways of darkness,uncomfortable and unsafe: what fools are those who leave theplain, pleasant, lightsome paths of uprightness, to walk in suchways! They take pleasure in sin; both in committing it, and inseeing others commit it. Every wise man will shun such company.True wisdom will also preserve from those who lead to fleshlylusts, which defile the body, that living temple, and waragainst the soul. These are evils which excite the sorrow ofevery serious mind, and cause every reflecting parent to lookupon his children with anxiety, lest they should be entangled insuch fatal snares. Let the sufferings of others be our warnings.Our Lord Jesus deters from sinful pleasures, by the everlastingtorments which follow them. It is very rare that any who arecaught in this snare of the devil, recover themselves; so muchis the heart hardened, and the mind blinded, by thedeceitfulness of this sin. Many think that this caution, besidesthe literal sense, is to be understood as a caution againstidolatry, and subjecting the soul to the body, by seeking anyforbidden object. The righteous must leave the earth as well asthe wicked; but the earth is a very different thing to them. Tothe wicked it is all the heaven they ever shall have; to therighteous it is the place of preparation for heaven. And is itall one to us, whether we share with the wicked in the miseriesof their latter end, or share those everlasting joys that shallcrown believers?
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