Proverbs 2:11 (KJV 1900) — 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, Understanding shall keep thee:
The first benefit of wisdom and knowledge is preservation. Discretion here means sagacity, which is quickness or acuteness of discernment; readiness of apprehension; the faculty of readily discerning and distinguishing ideas and of separating truth from falsehood. It will keep an individual from making destructive mistakes. Understanding, which is defined in Scripture as departing from evil (Job 28:28), will also work to keep a person from being destroyed.