When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you, Proverbs 2:10, 11
When: that, in order that
Wisdom: ethical and religious
Enters: associate with, bring for a purpose
Heart: mind with reference to knowledge
Knowledge: in highest sense, knowledge of God (including obedience)
Pleasant: delightful, lovely, delight
Soul: intellect and feelings
Discretion:power of devising
Perserve: keep, guard
Understanding: discernment, reasonings
Keep:Guard from dangers
Here is another example of cause/effect. WHEN wisdom Enters = knowledge is accepted, followed by discretion and understanding.
So often we want to jump to UNDERSTANDING without Wisdom. Yet, Wisdom must be present to fully grasp the knowledge, discretion, and understanding. It's a logical order.
When—that means that there is a time and that it's not a given, meaning that we can ignore Wisdom. That's sad on our part. Why would we want to ignore something which God want to give me? Why would we want to ignore wisdom so that we can have knowledge, discretion, and understanding? Why?
Simply put, because we are arrogant (and that comes from a sinful heart). When we think we know it all and say that we know better than God Almighty—wow. Yet, looking around many are doing just that today. The question is—am I allowing Wisdom to enter my heart?
WHEN, Wisdom enters there is a specific purpose—it lays the foundation for knowledge, discretion, and understanding.
Remember is all about the VERBS—so WHEN will I allow wisdom to ENTER? When my heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). For when I respect and fear God, my heart is open—for the WHEN—and Wisdom enters!