Proverbs 2:21

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
– Proverbs 2:21

Wisdom literature is the application of God’s law on a personal and individual level. Dwelling in the land and remaining in the land hearken back to the blessings for Israel (Deuteronomy 11:8). Passages such as Leviticus 26 enumerate blessings and cursings for Israel. If they walk in God’s way, they inherit the blessings. If they forsake God’s way, they inherit the curses. It is here more generally for the obtaining of the blessings through wisdom. Of course, wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7), includes repentance (Proverbs 1:23), and continues in God’s way (Proverbs 1:33). This verse gives consequence for walking in “the way of good men” and keeping “the paths of the righteous.”

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