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. Our eye must be ever towards God; to him we must, in every thing, make our requests known, as Jephthah uttered all his words before the Lord in Mizpeh, Jdg. But the question is, What shall we get by it when we have found it? Proverbs 3. The righteous therefore have no reason to envy them, for they have his secret with them; they are his favourites; he has that communion with them which is a secret to the world and in which they have a joy that a stranger does not intermeddle with; he communicates to them the secret tokens of his love; his covenant is with them; they know his mind, and the meanings and intentions of his providence, better than others can. No, giving for God’s honour will make us rich, Hag. Proverbs 3:2. 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. More good words. 5. She is more valuable than precious stones. In our retirements we lie exposed and are most subject to frights. We must get it. Let him not fear the desolation of the wicked, when it comes, that is, [1.] In their greatest straits and dangers. If you listen, you will understand. To encourage us to submit ourselves to all the restraints and injunctions of the divine law, we are assured (v. 2) that it is the certain way to long life and prosperity. And he will sometimes tell you that you have done wrong things. "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.) 2. Is pleasure courted as much as any thing? 2. We must neither despise it nor be weary of it. 15 It is better to be wise than to have very valuable stones. All this would not countervail the want of heavenly wisdom nor be the ransom of a soul lost by its own folly. We must ask his leave, and not design any thing but what we are sure is lawful. He shall have good success (so some translate it), the common effect of good understanding.III. 5 Always trust the Lord completely. Those who scorn to submit to the discipline of religion, scorn to take God’s yoke upon them, scorn to be beholden to his grace, who scoff at godliness and godly people, and take a pleasure in bantering and exposing them, God will scorn them, and lay them open to scorn before all the world. The way of duty is the way of safety. Grace to thy jaws (so the word is), grateful to thy taste and relish (so some); it shall infuse grace into all thou sayest (so others), shall furnish thee with acceptable words, which shall gain thee credit. Verses 1-6 We are here taught to live a life of communion with God; and without controversy great is this mystery of godliness, and of great consequence to us, and, as is here shown, will be of unspeakable advantage.I. Do not think that your own wisdom is enough. 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. Proverbs 3, The Pulpit Commentaries, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire Bible with verse by verse exposition If others want the necessary … 26 You will be able to trust the Lord. 22 That will keep your soul alive. To fear the Lord, so as to depart from evil, is true wisdom and understanding (Job. 23:23 ); he does not say at what rate, because we must buy it at any rate rather than miss it.3. The just have a habitation, a poor cottage (the word is used for sheep-cotes), a very mean dwelling; but God blesses it; he is continually blessing it, from the beginning of the year to the end of it. As God has prospered us in every thing, we must honour him. Those who know themselves cannot but find their own understanding to be a broken reed, which, if they lean to, will certainly fail them. Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. We must take pains to obtain wisdom because that is the way to gain her, and to gain by her (v. 13-20). 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. New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995) Bible Book List. 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. His exhortation, before, was to those that are rich and in prosperity, here to those that are poor and in adversity. Study the bible online using commentary on Proverbs 3 and more! So remember them. 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. (3.) 25 Bad things happen to bad men. ), and had assured us that we should succeed in our sincere and constant pursuits. 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. We must honour God, (1.) He wishes to have favour with men also (as Christ had, Lu. 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. This is a great comfort to God’s children, under their afflictions, [1.] We must be constant to our duty because that is the way to be happy (v. 1-4). 22:2 Rev. EASY . Securely - i. e., “With full trust,” without care or suspicion. 28 Do not ask anyone to wait until tomorrow if you can help them today. That is well got, and to good purpose, that is thus used to good purpose.2. We must have a continual regard to God’s precepts, We have here before us three exhortations, each of them enforced with a good reason:—I. This requires us, 1. We must have a continual regard to God’s precepts, v. 1, v. 2.1. 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 4:8 Ps. We must not think that the affliction either presses harder or continues longer than is meet, not conclude that deliverance will never come because it does not come so soon as we expect it.2. We must have a continual regard to God’s providence, must own and depend upon it in all our affairs, both by faith and prayer. 2:1 , etc. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. Ver. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of … The desolation which the wicked ones make of religion and the religious; though it comes, and seems to be just at the door, yet be not afraid of it; for, though God may make use of the wicked as instruments of his people’s correction, yet he will never suffer them to be the authors of their desolation. Always remember what I ask you to do. [2.] Always remember what I ask you to do. Those who exalt themselves shall certainly be abased: Surely he scorns the scorners. 19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; Read full chapter. III. (d) Fourth Discourse:—Exhortation to Various Virtues (Pro iii 1-18). The harms that surprise us, unthought of, giving us no time to arm ourselves by consideration, are most likely to put us into confusion. 2 What I teach will give you a good, long life, and all will go well for you. (4.) It is so, and it is certain that true piety has in it the greatest true pleasure. 12 A father may be happy that his son is doing good things. Proverbs 3:19: ch. But he will tell him if his son has done something wrong. Fix God’s law, and his commandments, as our rule, by which we will in every thing be ruled and to which we will yield obedience. That they not only consist with, but flow from, covenant-love. 21 My son, remember my wise words and do not lose your wisdom. It is the way to be long-lived. 13:45, Mt. Proverbs 3. He delights in that in his son which is amiable and agreeable, and therefore corrects him for the prevention and cure of that which would be a deformity to him, and an alloy to his delight in him. Buy the truth, (Prov. (4.) Verses 7-12 We have here before us three exhortations, each of them enforced with a good reason:—I. PREVIOUS NEXT. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} {{/items}} ← Language. 116:7 . 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. 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. 20 The Lord who is wise, created the rivers and the clouds to give rain to the earth. 4 Then God will be pleased and think well of you and so will everyone else. 84:11 . 1 Listen to what your father teaches you my sons. Where riches increase we are tempted to honour ourselves (Deu. Proverbs 3. © MissionAssist 2021 Proverbs 3. (2.) 28:15 , etc. 2:11 . 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. 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. 27 Do not refuse to do good things to those that need it. Integrity and uprightness will preserve us, so that we need not be afraid of sudden fear, v. 25. Sinners are hated of God, but saints are beloved, v. 32. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. (2.) 3 Don’t ever let love and loyalty leave you. Proverbs 3:9-10. What must be our care when we are in affliction. We must sustain it (so some read it), must embrace it with all our might, as we do that which we would sustain. 8:17 ) and to set our hearts upon the world (Ps. Those that faithfully follow the pillar of cloud and fire shall find that though it may lead them about it leads them the right way and will bring them to Canaan at last. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Lean on" is used here in the sense of relying upon or trusting someone or something for help or protection. 23:19 ), and the prophets, Mal. 62:10 ); but the more God gives us the more we should study to honour him. And you will have money, and people will call you a great person. He despises their impotent malice, sits in heaven and laughs at them, Ps. The wicked has a house, a strong and stately dwelling perhaps, but the curse of the Lord is upon it, it is in it, and, though the affairs of the family may prosper, yet the very blessings are curses, Mal. The desolation which wicked men will be brought into in a moment. In Proverbs 3, Solomon is speaking to his son about the woman called Wisdom. (3.) English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. I. 2. Nothing that you want could have more value. We must render to all their due, both in justice and charity, and not delay to do it (v. 27, v. 28): "Withhold not good from those to whom it is due (either for want of love to them or through too much love to thy money) when it is in the power of thy hand to do it, for, if it be not, it cannot be expected; but it was thy great fault if thou didst, by thy extravagances, disable thyself to do justly and show mercy, and it ought to be the greatest of thy griefs if God had disabled thee, not so much that thou art straitened in thy own comforts and conveniences as that thou hast not wherewithal to give to those to whom it is due.’’ Withhold it not; this implies that it is called for and expected, but that the hand is drawn in and the bowels of compassion are shut up. 1. What we gave we have.III. No valuable things compare with her.’ Now, in verses 10-11, Wisdom herself agrees that this is true. Commentary on Proverbs 3:7-12 (Read Proverbs 3:7-12) There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom. We are here in a world of troubles. We must repose an entire confidence in the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, assuring ourselves of the extent of his providence to all the creatures and all their actions. 106:15 . 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. The saints enter into peace on this side heaven, and enjoy a present sabbatism.3. 3 Do not let love go, and always do right things. Their end will manifest their folly: Shame shall be their promotion. In their rest by night, v. 24. 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. In the following, 2a is expanded in Proverbs 1:3-5, then 2b in Proverbs 1:6. Those are in the right who are of God’s mind; and, if we be of his mind, we shall see, whatever pretence one sinner may have to envy another, that saints are so happy themselves that they have no reason at all to envy any sinner, though his condition be ever so prosperous. 18 Wise people are happy. They shall have the wealth of this world as far as Infinite Wisdom sees good for them; while the true riches, by which men are rich towards God, are secured to them. Cross references. The Blessing of Wisdom. There is leanness in the soul, when the body is fed to the full, Ps. (2.) (1.) 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. Always remember what I … 2. What the happiness of those is who do find it.1. Men are to be judged of as they stand with God, and as he judges of them, not as they stand in the world’s books. 3:10 . 21:4 . With our increase. 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. We must not envy the prosperity of evil-doers, v. 31. 2 What I teach will give you a long and good life. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the New Bible Commentary. New American Standard Bible 1995. Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart. That it shall prove the way to be easy too, so that even the days of old age shall not be evil days, but days in which thou shalt have pleasure: Peace shall they be continually adding to thee. 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. Salem Media Group. With the first-fruits of all, as Abel, Gen. 4:4 . Nor is there any honour, by birth or preferment, comparable to that which attends religion; it makes the righteous more excellent than his neighbour, recommends men to God, commands respect and veneration with all the sober part of mankind, and will in the other world make those that are now buried in obscurity to shine forth as the sun. They are so, and them she reaches out with her left hand. 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. A good man seeks the favour of God in the first place, is ambitious of the honour of being accepted of the Lord, and he shall find that favour, and with it a good understanding; God will make the best of him, and put a favourable construction upon what he says and does. Are riches and honour accounted blessings? ), yet, (1.) VIII. Updated: Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:34 By admin. They are safe and may be easy, (1.) Study Proverbs 3 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Always be wise when you are choosing what to do. By understanding he has likewise established the heavens and directed all the motions of them in the best manner. All the enjoyments and entertainments of sense are not comparable to the pleasure which gracious souls have in communion with God and doing good. And it will be like something that makes your bones strong. In all our ways that prove cross and uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge God with submission. 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. Cancel. Prospect of advantage is the spring and spur of industry; he therefore shows us how much it will be to our profit, laying this down for an unquestionable truth, Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, that true wisdom which consists in the knowledge and love of God, and an entire conformity to all the intentions of his truths, providences, and laws. 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. 3:19 . This he insists upon in four verses, the scope of which is to show that the effect of righteousness (which is the same with wisdom here) is quietness and assurance for ever, Isa. Job 38:8.) With all our increase. 2:4 . 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. "Write to them upon the table of thy heart, as dear to thee, thy portion, and most delightful entertainment; take a pleasure in applying them and thinking them over.’’ Or it may be meant of the mercy and truth which are our duty, piety and sincerity, charity towards men, fidelity towards God. (2) Long life.—That is, a life worth living, fit to be called “life”; whereas” length of days” only implies extension of life, the reward promised for obedience to parents. Proverbs 5 Proverbs 7. 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 … Font Size. The curse may work silently and slowly; but it is as a fretting leprosy; it will consume the timber thereof and the stones thereof, Zec. This should make us in love with the wisdom and understanding which God gives, that the Lord by wisdom founded the earth, so that it cannot be removed, nor can ever fail of answering all the ends of its creation, to which it is admirably and unexceptionably fitted. 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). It will be like medicine that makes your body well. Update. We read here of the merchandise of wisdom, which intimates, (1.) To render dues both to church and state, magistrates and ministers. Proverbs 3 – Easy English Bible (EASY) – 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. 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. Keep them like valuable stones round your neck and never forget them. Proverbs 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides notes on all 66 books of the Bible, and contain more than 7,000 pages of material All this would not purchase heavenly wisdom; no, it would utterly be contemned; it cannot be gotten for gold, Job. 4 If you do that, you will make God happy. Proverbs 3:5-6 English Standard Version ... creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. 3. She is even more valuable than gold. 1 My son, don’t forget my teaching. We must acquaint ourselves with them; for we cannot be said to forget that which we never knew. We must remember them so that they may be ready to us whenever we have occasion to use them. Retail: $89.99. For, as she is ready to embrace those that submit to her with both arms, so she is ready to give out to them with both hands. 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. Proverbs is not scintillating reading to most modern readers. 2 The things that I am teaching you are good. Be not thus loth to part with thy money upon a good account. 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. 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. A humble subjection: Be not wise in thy own eyes. We must do all the good we can, and no hurt, to our neighbours, because according as men are just or unjust, charitable or uncharitable, humble or haughty, accordingly they shall receive of God ( v. 27-35 ). The end of sinners will be everlasting shame, the end of saints endless honour, v. 35. 2:2 . It will be strengthening: It shall be marrow to thy bones. 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. But let not the wise and good man forget himself, and then he will not give way to any fear that has torment, be the alarm ever so sudden. 28:28 ); those that have it are truly wise, but self-denyingly so, and not wise in their own eyes. He is the happy man who, having found it, makes it his own, gets both an interest in it and the possession of it, who draws out understanding (so the word it), that is, (1.) Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. We must lay hold on it as we lay hold on a good bargain when it is offered to us, which we do the more carefully if there be danger of having it taken out of our hands. We are here taught to live a life of communion with God; and without controversy great is this mystery of godliness, and of great consequence to us, and, as is here shown, will be of unspeakable advantage.I. Proverbs 3:31. Always remember what I ask you to do. Verses 27-35 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. And you will always be safe. One does not embitter what the other sweetens, as it is with the allays of this world; but they are all peace, not only sweet, but safe. 3. It will be thy spiritual life, an earnest of life eternal.’’ Life to the soul is life indeed. Now observe,1. To give wages to those who have earned them. 2. 3 My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for they will provide a long and full life, and they will add well-being to you. Top. But he shows his purposes to good people. Here is a Bible commentary and Bible study on Proverbs chapter three. Those that have an opinion of their own sufficiency think it below them, and a disparagement to them, to take their measures from, much more to hamper themselves with, religion’s rules. Proverbs 3:19. Be afraid of the Lord and refuse to do wrong things. Having it not in himself, he draws it with the bucket of prayer from the fountain of all wisdom, who gives liberally. 19 The Lord, who is wise, made all the earth. 11 My son, the Lord will sometimes punish you. By prayer (v. 6): In all thy ways acknowledge God. His honour we must show forth and the honour we have for him. Proverbs 3:3. Proverbes 3 Louis Segond (LSG). We must honour him, not only with our bodies and spirits which are his, but with our estates too, for they also are his: we and all our appurtenances must be devoted to his glory. God puts contempt upon sinners, but shows respect to saints, v. 34. 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