In Proverbs 3, Solomon is speaking to his son about the woman called Wisdom. In all our conduct we must be diffident of our own judgment, and confident of God’s wisdom, power, and goodness, and therefore must follow Providence and not force it. We must not be quarrelsome and litigious (v. 30): "Do not strive with a man without cause; contend not for that which thou hast no title to; resent not that as a provocation which peradventure was but an oversight. Solomon, having pronounced those happy who not only lay hold on wisdom, but retain her, here exhorts us therefore to retain her, assuring us that we ourselves shall have the comfort of doing so.I. Proverbs 3:2. This chapter is one of the most excellent in all this book, both for argument to persuade us to be religious and for directions therein. 3 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; 2 For length of days and years of life And peace they will … Not only our heads, but our hearts, must keep God’s commandments; in them, as in the ark of the testimony, both the tables of the law must be deposited.2. We must ask his leave, and not design any thing but what we are sure is lawful. 29 The man who lives next to you trusts you. Cross references. 11 My son, the Lord will sometimes punish you. This group of the proverbs of wisdom now suitably closes with the fundamental contrast between the wise and fools: The wise shall inherit honour, But fools carry away shame. Bible Language English. 3. 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. 2:7 . There is leanness in the soul, when the body is fed to the full, Ps. 3 When I was a little boy, the one son of my parents, 4 my father taught me. Your feet will keep to the path. To render dues both to church and state, magistrates and ministers. By understanding he has likewise established the heavens and directed all the motions of them in the best manner. After you log in your content will be available in your library. 2:52 ), to be accepted of the multitude of his brethren (Esth. She is more valuable than precious stones. 1. In their rest by night, v. 24. 1. The argument to enforce this exhortation is taken from the unspeakable advantage which wisdom, thus kept, will be of to us. 106:15 . The exhortation is, to have religion’s rules always in view and always at heart, v. 21. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 21:4 . 8:27; Ps. He will not let you fall into a hole that bad men have dug. The father corrects the son whom he loves, nay, and because he loves him and desires he may be wise and good. That we must venture all in it, as a stock in trade, and be willing to part with all for it. (2.) PREVIOUS NEXT. We must sustain it (so some read it), must embrace it with all our might, as we do that which we would sustain. If our religion be our companion, it will be our convoy: "Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely. It will be nourishing: It shall be health to thy navel. Let these be fixed and commanding principles in thee. of We must conduct ourselves aright under our afflictions, v. 11, v. 12. In Proverbs 3, Solomon is speaking to his son about the woman called Wisdom. It is the way to be long-lived. To encourage us to do this we are assured (v. 4) that this is the way to recommend ourselves both to our Creator and fellow-creatures: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding. Is length of days a blessing? We must take pains to obtain wisdom because that is the way to gain her, and to gain by her (v. 13-20). (2.) 2 The things that I am teaching you are good. VII. (3.) But he does good things to the homes of good people. 5. (3.) Good people are taken under God’s special protection, and therein they may have an entire satisfaction. And your life will be good. 4 Then God will be pleased and think well of you and so will everyone else. 25 Bad things happen to bad men. "We are in danger of falling, but wisdom will keep thee, that thy foot shall not stumble at those things which are an offence and overthrow to many, but which thou shalt know how to get over.’’ (2.) Proverbs 3 – Easy English Bible (EASY) – 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. 2. The natural life, and all that belongs to it, shall be under the protection of God’s providence; the spiritual life, and all its interests, are under the protection of his grace; so that thou shalt be kept from falling into sin or trouble.’’ Wisdom will direct us into, and keep us in, the safe way, as far as may be, from temptation, and will enable us to walk in it with holy security. We must not envy the prosperity of evil-doers, v. 31. Never think of doing as he does, though thou wert sure to get by it all that he has, for it would be dearly bought.’’ Now, to show what little reason saints have to envy sinners, Solomon here, in the last four verses of the chapter, compares the condition of sinners and saints together (as his father David had done, Ps. And it will be so much the more their punishment as it will come instead of their promotion; it will be all the promotion they must ever expect, that God will be glorified in their everlasting confusion. If you listen, you will understand. We must live in a humble and dutiful subjection to God and his government (, Solomon had pressed us earnestly to seek diligently for wisdom. More good words. (4.) IV. But he is kind to people who have problems. 14 It is better than silver or the best gold. God will give them that wisdom which is profitable to direct, so that they shall not turn aside into the by-paths of sin, and then will himself so wisely order the event that it shall be to their mind, or (which is equivalent) for their good. Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart. Ecclesiastes seems a “downer” sort of a book. Ellicott's Commentary for English ReadersProverbs 3. III. 15 It is better to be wise than to have very valuable stones. Thus God hath said, As many as I love I rebuke and chasten, Rev. Proverbs 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this classic commentary, written in 2013, is Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures My son, forget not.] (3.) When accounts are balanced, it will be found there is little got by striving.IV. ), and had assured us that we should succeed in our sincere and constant pursuits. Proverbs 3:9-10. We must live a life of dependence upon God because that is the way to be safe (v. 5). Updated: Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:34 By admin. Study the bible online using commentary on Proverbs 3 and more! Christ is that Wisdom, by whom the worlds were made and still consist; happy therefore are those to whom he is made of God wisdom, for he has wherewithal to make good all the foregoing promises of long life, riches, and honour; for all the wealth of heaven, earth, and seas, is his. 4 If you do that, you will make God happy. "But keep up communion with God, and keep a good conscience, and then when thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid of fire, or thieves, or specters, or any of the terrors of darkness, knowing that when we, and all our friends, are asleep, yet he that keeps Israel and every true-born Israelite neither slumbers nor sleeps, and to him thou hast committed thyself and taken shelter under the shadow of his wings. Be afraid of the Lord and refuse to do wrong things. Saints are wise men, and act wisely for themselves; for though their religion now wraps them up in obscurity, and lays them open to reproach, yet they are sure to inherit glory at last, the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Proverbs Overview: Purpose of Proverbs 1:1-7 : Proverbs to Youth 1:8-9:18: Proverbs of Solomon 10:1-24:34: Proverbs of Solomon (Hezekiah) 25:1-29:27: Words of Agur 30:1-30:33: Words of Lemuel 31:1-31:31 : Father's Exhortations: First Collection of Solomon: Second Collection of Solomon: Numerical Proverbs… (d) Fourth Discourse:—Exhortation to Various Virtues (Pro iii 1-18). We must retain it. To give wages to those who have earned them. Proverbs 3 Commentary. All this would not countervail the want of heavenly wisdom nor be the ransom of a soul lost by its own folly. Those who exalt themselves shall certainly be abased: Surely he scorns the scorners. Top. With our increase. That is well got, and to good purpose, that is thus used to good purpose.2. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 3:10 . We must trade for it. A precept which makes it our duty to serve God with our estates: Honour the Lord with thy substance. Verses 21-26 Solomon, having pronounced those happy who not only lay hold on wisdom, but retain her, here exhorts us therefore to retain her, assuring us that we ourselves shall have the comfort of doing so.I. (1.) Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} {{/items}} ← Language. If you do, he will show you the right way to go. Here is,1. If others want the necessary supports of life, and we have wherewithal to supply them, we must look upon it as due to them and not withhold it. He shall have good success (so some translate it), the common effect of good understanding.III. Keep them like valuable stones round your neck and never forget them. 4. Always be wise when you are choosing what to do. Proverbs 3:19: ch. Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. Proverbs 2 Proverbs 4. This four-week summer series highlights three biblical books — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon — that garner little attention in the Revised Common Lectionary and in most mainline churches’ preaching.1 And it is easy to see why. Bible Gateway Recommends. Those who patiently bear contempt from scornful men shall have respect from God and all good men, and then they have no reason to envy the scorners or to choose their ways. We must not hinder others from doing it, not be ourselves backward to it. We must honour God, (1.) We must keep up the fear of God because that is the way to be healthful (v. 7, v. 8). To have them always in view: "My son, let them not depart from thy eyes; let not thy eyes ever depart from them to wander after vanity. We must not be weary of an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not faint under it, so the apostle renders it, not be dispirited, dispossessed of our own souls, or driven to despair, or to use any indirect means for our relief and the redress of our grievances. Who takes pains for it, as he does who draws ore out of the mine. God’s commandments shall add to us length of days; to a good useful life on earth, they shall add an eternal life in heaven, length of days for ever and ever, Ps. 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. To be charitable to the poor and necessitous. Her ways are ways of pleasantness; the ways in which she has directed us to walk are such as we shall find abundance of delight and satisfaction in. 12 A father may be happy that his son is doing good things. Godliness has the promise of the life that now is and most of the comfort of it. 28 Do not ask anyone to wait until tomorrow if you can help them today. We must have a continual regard to God’s promises, which go along with his precepts, and are to be received, and retained, with them (v. 3): "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee, God’s mercy in promising, and his truth in performing. Are riches and honour accounted blessings? Wisdom is here represented as a bright and bountiful queen, reaching forth gifts to her faithful and loving subjects, and offering them to all that will submit to her government. Chapter 3. But the question is, What shall we get by it when we have found it? That which is the only right way to bring us to our journey’s end we must walk in, fair or foul, pleasant or unpleasant; but the way of religion, as it is the right way, so it is a pleasant way; it is smooth and clean, and strewed with roses: All her paths are peace. 4. From all this it appears what a tendency religion has to make men both blessed and blessings. Their end will manifest their folly: Shame shall be their promotion. To render dues both to church and state, magistrates and ministers. He wishes to have favour with men also (as Christ had, Lu. Those who humble themselves shall be exalted, for he gives grace to the lowly; he works that in them which puts honour upon them and for which they are accepted of God and approved of men. Salem Media Group. Make not excuses to shift off a duty that must be done, nor delight to keep thy neighbour in pain and in suspense, nor to show the authority which the giver has over the beggar; but readily and cheerfully, and from a principle of conscience towards God, give good to those to whom it is due,’’ to the lords and owners of it (so the word is), to those who upon any account are entitled to it. She is more valuable than precious stones. Proverbs 5 Proverbs 7. Proverbs 3:3. It is a transcendent happiness, more than can be found in the wealth of this world, if we had ever so much of it, v. 14, v. 15. Buy the truth, (Prov. 3 Do not let love go, and always do right things. Sinners are hated of God, but saints are beloved, v. 32. 6. 19 The Lord, who is wise, made all the earth. He retaliates upon them (Ps. Proverbs 3:1-2 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my … ), yet, (1.) 33 The Lord will cause bad things to happen to the homes of bad people. There is not only peace in the end, but peace in the way; not only in the way of religion in general, but in the particular paths of that way, in all her paths, all the several acts, instances, and duties of it. We must live in a humble and dutiful subjection to God and his government (v. 7): "Fear the Lord, as your sovereign Lord and Master; be ruled in every thing by your religion and subject to the divine will.’’ This must be, 1. The desolation which wicked men will be brought into in a moment. Our Price: $21.99 Save: $28.00 (56%) Buy Now. VIII. It is from God, and therefore we must not be weary of it, for he knows our frame, both what we need and what we can bear. In all our ways that prove cross and uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge God with submission. Honour the Lord with thy substance — Lay out thy estate, not to please thyself, but to glorify God; and with the first-fruits of all thy increase — Or, with the chief, or best; which answers to the first-fruits under the law. English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. We must always govern ourselves by the rules of wisdom, of right reason and religion, because that is the way to be always easy (v. 21-26). She is even more valuable than gold. That it is a divine correction; it is the chastening of the Lord, which, as it is a reason why we should submit to it (for it is folly to contend with a God of incontestable sovereignty and irresistible power), so it is a reason why we should be satisfied in it; for we may be sure that a God of unspotted purity does us no wrong and that a God of infinite goodness means us no hurt. Nothing that you want could have more value. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the New Bible Commentary. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. And you will sleep well. Cancel {{#items}} {{local_name}} {{/items}} Book. Always remember what I ask you to do. And you will have more wine than you can keep. Envy is the rottenness of the bones; the sorrow of the world dries them; but hope and joy in God are marrow to them.II. True grace is that to the soul which the tree of life would have been, from which our first parents were shut out for eating of the forbidden tree. Thou shalt lie down, and not need to sit up to keep guard; having lain down, thou shalt sleep, and not have thy eyes held waking by care and fear; and thy sleep shall be sweet and refreshing to thee, being not disturbed by any alarms from without or from within,’’ Ps. A humble subjection: Be not wise in thy own eyes. 1 My son, don’t forget my teaching. 116:7 . 37:1, 7-9. 2:11 . And, when the Lord wants you to change something, obey him. Font Size. Be not thus loth to part with thy money upon a good account. Here is a Bible commentary and Bible study on Proverbs chapter three. We must render to all their due, both in justice and charity, and not delay to do it (, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Sinners are fools, for they are not only preparing disgrace for themselves, but at the same time flattering themselves with a prospect of honour, as if they only took the way to be great. 62:10 ); but the more God gives us the more we should study to honour him. Alms are called righteousness because they are a debt to the poor, and a debt which we must not defer to pay, Bis dat, qui cito dat —He gives twice who gives speedily. For our encouragement thus to live in the fear of God it is here promised (v. 8) that it shall be as serviceable even to the outward man as our necessary food. We must therefore trust in the Lord with all our hearts (v. 5); we must believe that he is able to do what he will, wise to do what is best, and good, according to his promise, to do what is best for us, if we love him, and serve him. 16 If you are wise, you will have a long life. Never trouble thy neighbour with frivolous complaints and accusations, or vexatious law-suits, when either there is no harm done thee or none worth speaking of, or thou mightest right thyself in a friendly way.’’ Law must be the last refuge; for it is not only our duty, but our interest, as much as in us lies, to live peaceably with all men. To have them always at heart; for it is in that treasury, the hidden man of the heart, that we must keep sound wisdom and discretion, keep to the principles of it and keep in the ways of it. Religion puts us into the best methods of prolonging life, entitles us to the promises of it, and, though our days on earth should be no more than our neighbour’s, yet it will secure to us everlasting life in a better world. To be ready to all acts of friendship and humanity, and in every thing to be neighbourly; for these are things that are due by the law of doing as we would be done by. It is wealth that is worth keeping.II. It will be strengthening: It shall be marrow to thy bones. Yes, the most valuable; life includes all good, and therefore she offers that in her right hand. 17 When you are wise, your life will be really good. Drop down the dew. If others want the necessary … In their motions by day, v. 23. 3 Mon fils, n'oublie pas mes enseignements, Et que ton coeur garde mes préceptes; 2 Car ils prolongeront les jours et les années de ta vie, Et ils augmenteront ta paix. We must neither despise it nor be weary of it. Proverbs 3:19. (2.) And you will make people happy too. III. We must serve God with our estates because that is the way to be rich (v. 9, v. 10). God, who is the first and best, must have the first and best of every thing; his right is prior to all other, and therefore he must be served first. The object of our secure trust is the Lord, a most reliable object of confidence! 5:4 ; Hab. It is so, and it is certain that true piety has in it the greatest true pleasure. He shall be owned as one of Wisdom’s children, and shall have praise with God, as one having that good understanding which is ascribed to all those that do his commandments. But he shows his purposes to good people. Proverbs 3. Therefore be not afraid of that which appears most formidable, for (v. 26) "the Lord shall be not only thy protector to keep thee safe, but thy confidence to keep thee secure, so that thy foot shall not be taken by thy enemies nor ensnared by thy own fears.’’ God has engaged to keep the feet of his saints. The froward sinners, who are continually going from-ward him, whose lives are a perverse contradiction to his will, are abomination to the Lord. In respect of honour and reputation: It shall be grace to thy neck, as a chain of gold, or a jewel. And you will have money, and people will call you a great person. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of … 2. The exhortation is, to have religion’s rules always in view and always at heart, True wisdom consists in the due discharge of our duty towards man, as well as towards God, in honesty as well as piety, and therefore we have here divers excellent precepts of wisdom which relate to our neighbour.I. ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition--Imitation leather with summer garden design. We must not only in our judgment believe that there is an over-ruling hand of God ordering and disposing of us and all our affairs, but we must solemnly own it, and address ourselves to him accordingly. 9 Obey the Lord's rules with your money and offer him the best things from your farm. (4.) We must ask his advice and beg direction from him, not only when the case is difficult (when we know not what to do, no thanks to us that we have our eyes up to him), but in every case, be it ever so plain, We must ask success of him, as those who know the race is not to the swift. By prayer (v. 6): In all thy ways acknowledge God. Great and growing peace have those that love the law. Proverbs 3:31. II. All this would not purchase heavenly wisdom; no, it would utterly be contemned; it cannot be gotten for gold, Job. G. Campbell Morgan gave his own testimony to the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6: “The measure in which I have trusted Jehovah and acknowledged Him, has been the measure of walking in the paths of real life.” 3. We are here in a world of troubles. Font Size. 32:17 . All this would not make a man half so happy, no, not in this world, as those are who have true wisdom, though they have none of all these things. (7-8) Walk rightly with God by a humble, reverent life. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Lean on" is used here in the sense of relying upon or trusting someone or something for help or protection. Bind them about thy neck, as the most graceful ornament.’’ It is the greatest honour we are capable of in this world to have an interest in the mercy and truth of God. First 30-days on us! God shall be our life and the length of our days, and that will be indeed long life, with an addition. 2. Sinners are under the curse of God, they and their houses; saints are under his blessing, they and their habitation, v. 33. Compare Judges 18:7, Judges 18:27. His honour we must show forth and the honour we have for him. What must be our care when we are in affliction. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. The harms that surprise us, unthought of, giving us no time to arm ourselves by consideration, are most likely to put us into confusion. We must make a good use of our estates, and that is the way to increase them, v. 9, v. 10. 8 If you do, it will be like good medicine. Version. And he will sometimes tell you that you have done wrong things. In the following, 2a is expanded in Proverbs 1:3-5, then 2b in Proverbs 1:6. As grace increases, peace shall increase; and of the increase of Christ’s government and peace, in the heart as well as in the world, there shall be no end. 4:8 Ps. (1.) (2.) EASY . John Trapp Complete Commentary. Retail: $49.99. Where riches increase we are tempted to honour ourselves (Deu. Always remember what I … And it will be like something that makes your bones strong. His exhortation, before, was to those that are rich and in prosperity, here to those that are poor and in adversity. What it is to find wisdom so as to be made happy by it.1. Study Proverbs 3 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. It is a true happiness; for it is inclusive of, and equivalent to, all those things which are supposed to make men happy, v. 16, v. 17. The prudence, temperance, and sobriety, the calmness and composure of mind, and the good government of the appetites and passions, which religion teaches, tend very much not only to the health of the soul, but to a good habit of body, which is very desirable, and without which our other enjoyments in this world are insipid. Heavenly wisdom will procure that for us, and secure that to us, which silver, and gold, and rubies, will not be the purchase of.2. 3. The heavenly bodies are vast, yet there is no flaw in them—numerous, yet no disorder in them—the motion rapid, yet no wear or tear; the depths of the sea are broken up, and thence come the waters beneath the firmament, and the clouds drop down the dews, the waters from above the firmament, and all this by the divine wisdom and knowledge; therefore happy is the man that finds wisdom, for he will thereby be thoroughly furnished for every good word and work. Update. We must get it. The Blessing of Wisdom. That it is a fatherly correction; it comes not from his vindictive justice as a Judge, but his wise affection as a Father. 6. It is not only a surer, but a more gainful merchandise to trade for wisdom, for Christ, and grace, and spiritual blessings, than for silver, and gold, and rubies. It is the way to make a little much, and much more; it is the surest and safest method of thriving: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty. God gives them grace (v. 34), and therefore they shall inherit glory, for grace is glory, 2 Co. 3:18 . It is a seed of immortality, a well of living waters, springing up to life eternal. Do not do anything that they do. The curse or blessing of God is upon the house according as the inhabitants are wicked or godly; and it is certain that a blessed family, though poor, has no reason to envy a cursed family, though rich. Verses 13-20 Solomon had pressed us earnestly to seek diligently for wisdom ch. (3.) 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