Text Commentaries by John MacArthur John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference Give God glory! ) ; so it is in a woman to forsake "the friend" or "companion of 21 For the upright will live in the land, The first inclinations are always the most sincere and constant. That is, Her husband; as Helena, Herodias, Bernice, [Acts 25:13] and other odious harlots. Or else, a part being put for the whole, the meaning is, that blessings are upon the persons of righteous ones, as the word is used in Proverbs 11:26; the Targum renders it, "the heads of the righteous.' 19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. (17) The guide of her youth.—Or rather, friend with whom she has lived in intimacy: that is, the husband of her youth; in other words, her first love. Or by the covenant may be meant the matrimonial contract, which is a covenant made in the presence of God between the contracting parties, in which they bind themselves to be faithful to each other. It may also signify her father, or preceptor. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God - (Malachi 2:14-15.) That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God; To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. criminal. 17. This increases her guilt. Jeremiah uses the same phrase (Proverbs 3:4). 19 None who go to her return. 16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, 17 who has left the partner of her youth. (2:18-19) Sexual immorality only leads to “death.” God doesn’t want to keep us from pleasure or happiness; instead, he wants us to go easy on ourselves, and avoid this terrible fate. This verse outlines what sin causes to happen in our lives. ,) that not a foreign woman by birth is intended, but a Hebrew who was unfaithful to her husband and her God. The virgins are often espoused or betrothed very early, but not married till after they are twelve. Play Audio: Here is one of the greatest proverbs. From this come such expressions as spouse, friend, or guide of one’s youth. “She forgetteth the covenant of her God.” And are not our young people bound in covenant? 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. Are we his enemies, or are we in league with him? Which forsaketh the guide of her youth 18 Surely her house leads down to death. The guide of her youth - Better, the familiar friend (compare Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 17:9). There is an interesting and perhaps convicting illustration of both friendship and accountability found in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (NASB). Which forsaketh the guide of her youth.] and keep to the paths of the righteous. Proverbs 2:17. l.c.). Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. Forgetteth the covenant of her God — Supposed to be her marriage vows, and recognising some kind of religious ceremony in connexion therewith. their guide, the Scriptures, and bring in damnable heresies, and (a) This wanton never wants one, though her husband be ever so near. There is a season when youth becomes independent and intolerant of control, when gentle guidance is mistaken for love of interference and of power, when the youth and the maiden think scorn to follow the ways and maxims of the parent, the friend, the teacher, and take pride in forming a code and gathering maxims of their own; in speaking their own words and … Isaiah 54:6. one another; but because he is present at it, and is a witness of Marriage is a mixed covenant, partly religious and partly civil: the parties tie themselves first to God, and then to one another. and ignored the covenant she made before God. Thus they became traps and snares to the Israelites; “scourges in their sides and thorns in their eyes.” Joshua 23:13; Numbers 33:55. violateth or breaketh, as that word is commonly used in a practical sense. H. Alford, Quebec Chapel Sermons, vol. Wardlaw, Lectures on Proverbs, vol. Adulterium quasi ad alterum, vel ad alterius torum. which she entered into with her husband when espoused to him, and I. Is my father's God my God for ever and ever, and have I taken Him for my guide unto death? Proverbs 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. The depraved hearts of natural men are the same – one man is like the next. and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Most scholars agree that these words refer to the woman's husband. Who leaves the companion (husband) of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. Not God, the God of her life, and who had provided for her from her youth up; nor her parent that had taken care of her in her infancy, and had been the guardian of her virgin state; but her husband, to whom she was married in her youth, and to whom she gave up herself to be guided and … Joel 1:8. Proverbs 2:17 I. Do not become angrily excited or envious at the apparent prosperity of the wicked. i., p. 75. “The world is passing away, and its lusts; but the one who does the will of God remains forever.” (1 John 2:17) Seek the wrong paths and such will last only a short time. Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. lovers, and become the mother of harlots; so false teachers leave The virgins are often espoused or betrothed very early, but not married till after they are twelve. (1) We are bound by that covenant to stand aloof from Satan. Her husband, whom she married young when love is more lasting. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Verse 16 used the metaphor of a strange, "forbidden," seducing woman to show the dangers of sin. The words point to some religious formula of espousals. Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God. These are critical days in every man’s life. (See, .) Proverbs 2:17 Translation & Meaning. Gersom interprets this of the human understanding, appointed to govern the other powers and faculties of the soul; and forgetteth the covenant of her God: not the covenant made with Noah, in which adultery, as well as other things, were forbidden; nor the law of Moses, or covenant at Sinai, in which it was condemned; but the marriage covenant, which she entered into with her husband when espoused to him, and when they mutually obliged themselves to be faithful to one another: and this is called "the covenant of God"; not only because God is the author and institutor of marriage, and has directed and enjoined persons to enter into such a contract with one another; but because he is present at it, and is a witness of such an engagement, mid is appealed unto in it; which, as it adds to the solemnity of it, makes the violation of it the more criminal. “wife of thy covenant,” Mal. and ignores the covenant she made before God. or attain the paths of life. The morality of the Proverbs always represents monogamy as the rule, it deprecates illicit intercourse, and discountenances divorce. 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. Baptism and confirmation were to us seals of the covenant, most solemn and important. The covenant of her God; the marriage covenant; so called, partly because God is the author and institutor of that society and mutual obligation; and partly because God is called to be the witness and judge of that solemn promise and covenant, and the avenger of the transgression of it. This aggravates her guilt that, after such fervent love experienced from her youth, she yet has forsaken her husband, and guide, and lord. See Proverbs 5:18. Proverbs 2:17 tn Or “the husband-abandoner.” The construction is the active participle of עָזַב (ʿazav) with the article, serving as an attributive adjective. This woman was an apostate Hebrew harlot, consecrated in a temple of a foreign licentious religion. 2:17 Or covenant of her God. to the solemnity of it, makes the violation of it the more vii., p. 16. The seductions of the sacred prostitutions introduced from Tyre and Sidon won even the Hebrew females from both the worship of Jehovah and the paths of purity. 2 Ang mabuting tao ay magtatamo ng lingap ng Panginoon: nguni't kaniyang parurusahan ang taong may masasamang katha. Who remembers not, who regrets not, the fresh and balmy morning of youth? 17.Forsaketh the guide of her youth — The word rendered guide here means familiar friend or partner, and the weight of criticism inclines to the meaning, her husband. With some the reason of self-guidance and independence has never passed away. at Sinai, in which it was condemned; but the marriage covenant, DECEITFUL: This can mean one of two different things (or perhaps even both): (1) deceitful to the wicked person himself, and/or (2) deceitful to others (this meaning is suggested especially by presumed parallelism of the next verse, v 6). Salem Media Group. Many people do not understand the prosperity of the evil man on this earth. Compare Jeremiah 3:4. What does this verse really mean? They have forsaken the guide of their youth. NET Bible. Some have slipped and recovered the steps which had almost gone. be espoused to, as a chaste virgin; and has followed other other things, were forbidden; nor the law of Moses, or covenant 3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. According to the rabbins men should marry at eighteen, and they may marry at thirteen. Most scholars agree … Which have I chosen for my lot? AMPC. 18 Entering her house leads to death; another: and this is called "the covenant of God"; not only Is the guide of my youth still my guide?—that soft voice still my monitor? Literal Standard Version. The reason of this woful departure and falling away is thus given. guide in her first settlement, and her husband she professed to 17 She has abandoned her husband. In Old Testament times, one iron blade was used to sharpen another blade until both became more effective tools. The peril of taking life into our own control, We all shrink with horror from that lowest depth of human depravity here described; but we may not therefore lose the lessons of this solemn and masterly description. The bond is made to God, who also will be ready enough to take the forfeiture. Comp. 1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. the covenant of her God: For whores and adulteresses God will judge. All rights reserved. Compare in the literal sense Joel 1:8, "the husband of her youth"). To think otherwise is to miss the lesson. Thus they became traps and snares to the Israelites; “scourges in their sides and thorns in their eyes.”, . Forsaketh — Her husband whom she took to be her guide and governor, in her youth. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth - Leaves her father's house and instructions, and abandons herself to the public. From this come such expressions as spouse, friend, or guide of one’s, — Supposed to be her marriage vows, and recognising some kind of religious ceremony in connexion therewith. Alas! Now a servant that behaves well and wisely in a family is observed and respected by his … Which forsaketh the guide of her youth. So the church of Rome has forsook Christ, who was her guide in her first settlement, and her husband she professed to be espoused to, as a chaste virgin; and has followed other lovers, and become the mother of harlots; so false teachers leave their guide, the Scriptures, and bring in damnable heresies, and deny the Lord that bought them, 2 Peter 2:1. covenant  …  God — of marriage made in God‘s name. From Adam to your grandchildren, man perpetually begets the next generation in his image and with his likeness ( Gen 5:3 ). that so many tokens of the forgetfulness of the covenant of our God are evident on the very surface of society to-day, and met with in common associations. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Study the Bible on the go with Andrew’s free online Bible commentary. Home. deny the Lord that bought them, ( 2 Peter 2:1 ) . by: and as it is an aggravation of evil in a man to deal "The guide of her youth" is the husband, first in the literal sense, then God in the spiritual sense (Isaiah 54:5-6; Jeremiah 3:4, "My father, thou art the guide of my youth;" Jeremiah 3:14, "I am married unto you." xiii., p. 269; W. Arnot, Laws from Heaven, 1st series, p. 106. directed and enjoined persons to enter into such a contract with Proverbs 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; What faithfulness to him can the youth look for on the part of the female tempter who has been unfaithful to her natural friend and true lover? Proverbs chapter 17 KJV (King James Version) 1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.. 2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.. 3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.. 4 A wicked doer giveth heed to … Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. covenant, ( Malachi 2:14 The thoughts of God mean life. Proverbs 2:4 "If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;" … Then we were guided in the ways of righteousness. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good. The seductions of the sacred prostitutions introduced from Tyre and Sidon won even the Hebrew females from both the worship of Jehovah and the paths of purity. vi., p. 83. ), Forgetteth the covenant of her God—i.e., the marriage covenant, made in the presence of God. Proverbs 2:17. What does Proverbs 2:17 mean? Bible. (See Proverbs 7:5-27.) Proverbs 12 The Proverbs of Solomon. The woman who commits adultery offends, not only against her husband, but against her God. "The covenant of her God" is the marriage covenant primarily; then, in the spiritual sense, the covenant of the Law to the Jew (cf. 16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. Which forsaketh the guide, &c.— This circumstance aggravates her infidelity and shame. She saith in her heart, "There is no God.". The verb means “to forsake; to leave; to abandon.” Presumably this woman left her husband for good some time ago in the past. the other powers and faculties of the soul; and forgetteth Forgetteth, i.e. The love of youth - i:e., the first love-is especially intense (Jeremiah 2:2, "Thus saith the Lord, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals" - i:e., the kindness and love which I showed to thee then). Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. who leaves the husband from her younger days, and forgets her marriage covenant made before God. There is a season when youth becomes independent and intolerant, and chafes under the most gentle guidance. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth,.... Not God, the God of her life, and who had provided for her from her youth up; nor her parent that had taken care of her in her infancy, and had been the guardian of her virgin state; but her husband, to whom she was married in her youth, and to whom she gave up herself to be guided and directed, ruled and governed, by: and as it is an aggravation of evil in a man to deal treacherously against the wife of his youth, and the wife of his covenant, Malachi 2:14; so it is in a woman to forsake "the friend" or "companion of her youth"F23אלוף נעוריה "amieum adolescentiae suae", De Dieu, Michaelis; "socium juventutis suae", Schultens. Proverbs 3:1-10.—R. There is a season when youth becomes independent and intolerant of control, when gentle guidance is mistaken for love of interference and of power, when the youth and the maiden think scorn to follow the ways and maxims of the parent, the friend, the teacher, and take pride in forming a code and gathering maxims of their own; in speaking their own words and walking after the light of their own eyes. (2) We are to stand aloof from the world. Unfaithfulness and apostasy are spiritual adultery. The same heart and nature is passed from one generation to the next. who forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God; ASV. The covenant of her God - The sin of the adulteress is not against man only but against the Law of God, against His covenant. Compare Malachi 2:14. 18 Surely her house leads down to death. And forgetteth the covenant of her God.] (2:17) The “covenant” in context refers to her marriage covenant, but it would also include the covenant she made before God himself in marriage. Proverbs 2:17. had lived long in love and friendship, and in great happiness, , as the phrase may be rendered; who loved her and espoused her in his youthful age, and with whom he had lived long in love and friendship, and in great happiness, but now forsakes him; her affections being alienated from him, leaves his company and bed, and associates with others.