LECTURES O PROVERBS CHAPTER 2BY REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.
EDITED BY HIS SO,THE REV. J. S. WARDLAW, A.M.
LECTURE V,Puov. II. 1 — 9.
"My son, if thou wilt receive iny words, and hide my commandments withthee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart tounderstanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and ht'test up thy voice forunderstanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hidtreasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of tlie Lord, and find the know-ledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom : out of his mouth cometh know-ledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous : he isa buckler to tliem that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, andpreserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt tliou understand righteousness,and judgment, and equity, yea, eveiy good path."
Is "Wisdom here to be considered as the speaker, or Solo-mon? If Wisdom, she must be understood as addressingherself to her own children; that is, those who receive hercounsels and place themselves under her tuition and guidance,her instruction and authority; as she had just finishedher solemn admonition of danger and of their final doom tothose by whom her words are unheeded and disobeyed. If Solomon, he may be understood as addressing himself eitherto Rehoboam, or to youth in general, under the designationof paternal affection, as one that felt all a father's interestin their well-being.In the passage, (verses 1 — 4,) there is an exercise re-commended, or rather, a duty enjoined, of the first import-ance and the most imperative obligation ; and it is enforced