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How amazing is it that God wants discretion to protect us and understanding to guard us? It is stunning. God is in an incredibly good mood and is looking out for me.

  • Jesus is so good to show us what we need to know and how we need to act.
  • Jesus cares for us like no other.
  • He is good and looking out for our best interest.

May wisdom enter my heart. May knowledge be pleasant to my soul.

Then you will understand righteousness, 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 (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016) Proverbs 2:9-11

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Understanding is a further result of seeking wisdom. A person can live ethically when he has wisdom in his heart. God’s wisdom entering a person and making him delight in godly knowledge is regeneration.

Having discretion and understanding will prevent self-destructive behavior. Discretion is the ability to ponder and plan, to think independently. The negative side of discretion is scheming. In Proverbs a young man is one who is on the verge of maturity; he is making decisions about the course of his life.

In commissioning Solomon to build the temple, on of the first things King David mentions is discretion.

Now, my son, Yahweh [the Lord] be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of Yahweh [the Lord] your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12 Only, may Yahweh [the Lord] grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of Yahweh [the Lord] your God.

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 1 Ch 22:11–12

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Source: David K. Stabnow, “Proverbs,” in CSB Study Bible: Notes, ed. Edwin A. Blum and Trevin Wax (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2017), 956.