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Proverbs 2:3

 

 

For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

The Biblical Illustrator

Proverbs 2:3

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge.

All knowledge is good

No kind of knowledge is to be despised. The bee gathers honey from every flower. What shore so bleak, what moor so barren, what rocks so naked from which we may not carry home some interesting object, in the shape of plant or mineral? So there are no circumstances in which we are placed, or persons, the humblest, with whom we can associate, without learning something we did not know before; something of value which, while interesting, may not one day prove useful, an example of the familiar proverb, “Keep a thing for seven years, and you will find the use of it.” (T. Guthrie, D.D.)

Earnest seeking for virtues

A man has lost a title-deed, or some paper that would decide a suit in his favour rather than against him. And with what alacrity does he search for it! How does he go through the house in quest of it! “My dear, have you seen that roll of paper with a great red seal on it?” “What was it? A newspaper?” “No, no! not a newspaper. I shall lose a suit if I cannot find it. And she searches in every drawer and every trunk, and every closet, and even under the carpets. Both of them search night and day, going over the same place twenty times, saying, “Maybe I did not look thoroughly.” And they cannot give it up. The man almost cries, he wants it so much. He will have it, so much depends upon it. And at last he finds it, and he says, “I would rather have had my house burned than not to have found this paper.” Now, when men search for victorious virtues in their souls as they would search for an important legal document, do you suppose they will be saying, “Perhaps others may be able to live a good Christian life, but I cannot”? You can. And when you want true religion, when your soul hungers for it, you will find it. (H. W. Beecher.)


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Bibliography
Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Proverbs 2:3". The Biblical Illustrator. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/proverbs-2.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,.... Of God, Christ, and the Gospel; not only bow the ear and bend the mind to these things, but importunately and fervently pray for them; not only attend the ministry of the word by men, but cry to God to give the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of divine and spiritual things; which supposes some sense of a want of it, an hearty desire for it, having some apprehension of the worth and value of it; and that it is to be had, as there is indeed great reason to hope for and expect it, James 1:5;

and liftest up thy voice for understanding; for Christ, who is understanding as well as wisdom, Proverbs 8:14; or rather for an understanding of the Gospel and the mysteries of it, which men do not naturally understand; and for which there must be an understanding given, or the eyes of the understanding must be enlightened; or Christ, by his spirit and grace, must open the understanding, that it may understand these things; which is granted to those who lift up their voice in prayer for it.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-2.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] c liftest up thy voice for understanding;

(c) Meaning that we must seek the knowledge of God with care and diligence.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/proverbs-2.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Yea, if — literally, “When if,” that is, in such a case.

knowledge — or, “discrimination.”

understanding — as in Proverbs 2:2.


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Bibliography
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Criest — To God, the only giver of it.


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Bibliography
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-2.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Ver. 3. If thou criest after knowledge.] Bene orasse est bene studuisse, said Luther. Knowledge is God’s gift (James 1:5; James 1:17), and must be sought at his hand, since he is "the Father of lights," and sells us "eye salve," Revelation 3:17.

And liftest up thy voice.] As resolved to "give God no rest" till thou hast it. A dull suitor begs a denial. "Then shall men know if they follow on to know the Lord," Hosea 6:3. "Teach me," "teach me," saith David often. "Lord, show me thy glory," said Moses, newly come from the mount.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-2.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

If thou criest, to wit, unto God, the only giver of it, Proverbs 2:5, Heb. if thou callest; invitest it to come unto thee; earnestly desirest its conduct.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-2.html. 1685.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Yea = For if. (Hebrew. ki"im). If thou goest further and criest and seekest, &c. Then the result is shown in Proverbs 2:5.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-2.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, (and) liftest up thy voice for understanding. The summit of the ascending climax. Solomon had said that the words of Wisdom are to be received with the ear and with the heart, and this with attentive and diligent application; he now stirs up the hearer to crown all by crying in prayer for spiritual understanding, lifting up the voice fervently.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
if
3:6; 8:17; 1 Kings 3:9-12; 1 Chronicles 22:12; Psalms 25:4,5; 119:34,73,125,169; Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:17,18; James 1:5
liftest up thy voice
Heb. givest thy voice.

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-2.html.

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