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Wisdom Can Save Those Who Possess Her
Proverbs 3:17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness: “Her ways” is a reference to the path or route in the life of this imperfect age wherein we are guided, directed, or lead by wisdom. The Hebrew noun pleasantness (nō·ʿǎm) has the thought of that which is satisfactory and agreeable to one. (Ps 90:17; Prov. 3:17; 15:26; 16:24; Zech. 11:7, 10) In other words, wisdom can make your life satisfactory and agreeable.
All her paths are peace: The Hebrew noun paths (neṯî·ḇā(h)) has the sense of a way of life, a lifestyle, a course of conduct. The paths on which wisdom leads us can lead to peace, well-being, safety, and security. If we recall, chapter 2 of Proverbs was filled with the path that led to destruction, while the paths that wisdom leads us on here, it is to pleasantness and peace.
Wisdom can save those who possess her from a life filled with difficult times because they will sidestep what those from the world wade right through, even early or untimely death. (vs. 18) Wisdom leads us to the paths of the greatest happiness and satisfaction, not dullness. The Hebrew noun peace (šā·lôm) stands for a life of harmonious relationships, which can be free from disputes; however, it is more than the absence of conflict, as such peace also entails joy and successfulness, as well as being fully blessed by God.