In his second “my son” poem, Solomon tells his son that if he acquires wisdom, searching for it, holding on to it, and treasuring it, wisdom will provide protection for him. In this message, we look at the protection wisdom provides. We see that wisdom will deliver one from the wicked man and from the wayward woman.
In his first “my son” poem (Proverbs 1:8-19), Solomon tells his son not to give in to the temptation to join wicked men in their violent pursuit of dishonest gain. Picking up on that theme, he describes the wicked men and gives him a clear picture of who they are. They use twisted and deceptive words; they have deliberately walked away from what is good; and they rejoice in perversion and evil. He tells his son that wisdom will save him from going down this dark path to destruction.
The protection that wisdom provides will also deliver the son from the wayward woman. She is a smooth-talking flatterer, who has abandoned her husband and her marriage vows, to ensnare naive men. However, following her leads down a path to a place of no return! Uniting with her brings one down to death itself! Wisdom shows the temptress for who she is and enables the young man to see the trap for what it is and helps him avoid it.
The protection wisdom provides will keep the son on the right path, and those who are good will be his companions. These will travel through life together and will enjoy God’s favor. The wicked, on the other hand, will suffer God’s displeasure.