Blog - Proverbs 2:22
Whereas the perfect and upright will dwell and remain in the land of the living (Pro 2:21), the wicked shall be cut off from the earth. In the context of this verse, as is often the case throughout the scriptures, cut off means "to put to death (suddenly or prematurely), to bring to an untimely end" (OED). The following verses make clear that to be "cut off from the earth" is to be "put to death."
Gen 9:11 - And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
Exo 9:15 - For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
Exo 31:14 - Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Luk 13:4-5 - Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.The Christian who would have "length of days, and long life, and peace" (Pro 3:2) and not be cut off from the earth and rooted out of it (Pro 2:22) need only follow Solomon's prescription given in this second chapter of Proverbs to obtain it. If he will receive God's words and hide His commandments in his heart, incline his ear unto wisdom and apply his heart to understanding, cry after knowledge and lift up his voice for understanding, and seek it as silver and search for it as for hid treasures, then he will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God, and the LORD will give him wisdom, knowledge, and understanding which will keep his paths and preserve his way (Pro 2:1-9). When wisdom has entered into his heart and knowledge is pleasant unto his soul, discretion will preserve him and understanding will keep him, delivering him from the evil man and the strange woman, leading him to walk in the way of good men and keep the paths of the righteous, and enabling him to dwell in the land of the living in his uprightness and to live an abundant Christian life (Pro 2:10-21).