New Defender's Study Bible Notes
2:1 My son. This phrase begins the fourth “lesson” of Proverbs 1–9. Note again the emphasis on the “words.”
2:4 hid treasures. See Proverbs 23:23; Matthew 13:44, 52. The words of God, as available now in the Holy Scriptures, are inexhaustibly rich and provide infallible guidance in every area of life and truth.
2:5 fear of the LORD. This phrase, “the fear of the LORD,” occurs fourteen times in Proverbs (1:7, 29; 2:5; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26,27; 15:16,33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17). The concept of “fear,” of course, implies reverence, such as a good son would feel toward his godly father. When necessary, of course, God—just as would an earthly father—may chastise His disobedient sons.
2:14 frowardness. See note on Job 5:13.
2:16 strange woman. The “strange woman” (i.e., “alien woman”) is named as such no less than ten times in Proverbs, with both literal and figurative applications. Foreign women, with different gods and moral standards than those of Israel, often led God’s people into sin, including Solomon himself (I Kings 11:1-8). This situation also represents spiritual adultery, with the Israelites not only consorting with strange women but also worshipping strange gods. This is suggested in the next verse, “forgetteth the covenant of her god” (Proverbs 2:17).