“Then you will understand what is just and right and fair — every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” — Proverbs 2:9-11
Then you will understand righteousness, justice and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path. For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you. Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you.” — Amplified version
“Then you will understand righteousness, and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.” — ESV version
“Discretion – Prudence, or knowledge; that discernment which enables a person to judge critically of what is correct and proper, united with caution.
Liberty or power of acting without other control than one’s own judgement.” — Webster 1828
“Protect: [Latin protectus, protego; pro nad tego; to cover] To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety.” — Webster 1828
“Righteousness – 1. Purity of heart and rectitude of life; conformity of heart and life to the divine law. Righteousness as used in Scripture and theology, in which it is chiefly used, is nearly equivalent to holiness, comprehending holy principles and affections of heart, and conformity of life to the divine law. It includes all we call justice, honesty and virtue, with holy affections; in short, it is true religion. ” — Webster 1828
“Justice – Impartiality, equal distribution of right in expressing opinions; fair representation of facts respecting merit or demerit. In criticisms, narrations, history or discourse, it is a duty to do justice to every man, whether friend or foe.” — Webster 1828
“Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labor; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence. Let them seek, and they shall find; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe those who are thus favored. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to Him for wisdom, He will enable us to keep the paths of judgement.” — Matthew Henry
Verse related to business — This chapter of Proverbs speaks of the ‘moral benefits of wisdom’. An important chapter to read!
Verses 9 to 11 speak of what will happen if you follow wisdom whole-heartedly; as for treasure. In a sense, it says you will become wisdom, for wisdom understands and leads to every good path.
In business, do not seek to gain wealth. Proverbs, and the Bible, says to seek wisdom, not wealth.
When starting a business, you do not simply say “I will make money”, you seek to know how to attain success, which can include money.
When you truly seek wisdom – which is much deeper than simply knowledge – you come to understand what is right (righteous) and just and fair – every good path. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Knowledge will not only be pleasant to me, but to my very soul – something much deeper.
In seeking wisdom, you acquire much more than just understanding. You acquire understanding of righteousness and justice and fairness. Righteousness being an important aspect of God’s character; justice being something He is firm and careful to carry out; fairness being something He gives abundantly, and clearly. In learning wisdom, we come to understand more of God’s character. We will not only learn to do something properly; we will understand God better by knowing wisdom. An important thing to do in every aspect of our lives, for wisdom will show us every good path.
Discretion will protect you. Understanding will guard you. Not just guide, but guard.