Protected by Wisdom

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This post is part of an ongoing series about parenting and proverbs. Our goal is to make specific application of the first 9 chapters of Proverbs to the issues parents face with their children.


Every Christian parent wants to see his children protected and guarded by God’s wisdom, especially as they grow older and begin their own lives away from home.  The book of Proverbs has much to say about this biblical and good desire. We have already looked at the first 5 verses of Chapter Two which focus on the importance man’s effort to know the wisdom of God. Now in verses 6-11, Solomon turns to the sovereign grace of God in protecting and guarding young hearts. Please look carefully at the passage below.  Verses 6-8 speak of God’s role in giving wisdom. Verses 9-11 speak of the spectacular benefits of God granting his wisdom.


6 For the LORD gives wisdom;

from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He holds success in store for the upright,

he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

8 for he guards the course of the just

and protects the way of his faithful ones.

9 Then you will understand what is right and just

and fair—every good path.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,

and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

11 Discretion will protect you,

and understanding will guard you.


Think on these things, we will make pointed application in an upcoming post.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.