(2.) Proverbs 3:2. Proverbs 3:31. If our religion be our companion, it will be our convoy: "Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely. He that hates nothing that he has made yet abhors those who have thus marred themselves; they are not only abominable in his sight, but an abomination. Integrity and uprightness will preserve us, so that we need not be afraid of sudden fear, v. 25. Do not think that your own wisdom is enough. Note, It is our duty to make our worldly estates serviceable to our religion, to use them and the interest we have by them for the promoting of religion, to do good to the poor with what we have and abound in all works of piety and charity, devising liberal things. It is from God, and therefore must not be despised; for a slight put upon the messenger is an affront to him that sends him. 2. They will take hold of the good things of life. 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. 6. 1. 2 The things that I am teaching you are good. 3. Top. 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. 6. 2. Cancel {{#items}} {{human}} {{/items}} ← Chapter. II. That they not only consist with, but flow from, covenant-love. Suppose a man to have got these in abundance, nay, to have all the things he can desire of this world (and who is it that ever had? 2 What I teach will give you a long and good life. So do not think about doing bad things to him. 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.) "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. What will be our comfort when we are in affliction. 2. 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. Updated: Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:34 By admin. 34 The Lord laughs at people who laugh at other people. It is a most base ungrateful thing, if our neighbours have a good opinion of us, that we will do them no harm, and we thence take advantage to cheat and injure them.III. The harms that surprise us, unthought of, giving us no time to arm ourselves by consideration, are most likely to put us into confusion. He retaliates upon them (Ps. We must serve God with our estates because that is the way to be rich (v. 9, v. 10). And you will always be safe. PREVIOUS NEXT. Cancel. Proverbs 3:19. But he shows his purposes to good people. 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. It is an earnest of the New Jerusalem, in the midst of which is the tree of life, Rev. We must, with an entire submission and satisfaction, depend upon him to perform all things for us, and not lean to our own understanding, as if we could, by any forecast of our own, without God, help ourselves, and bring our affairs to a good issue. 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. Chapter 3. (1.) 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. That they are so far from doing them any real hurt that, by the grace of God working with them, they do a great deal of good, and are happy means of their satisfaction. Thus God hath said, As many as I love I rebuke and chasten, Rev. With the first-fruits of all, as Abel, Gen. 4:4 . He wishes to have favour with men also (as Christ had, Lu. Drop down the dew. 4 Then God will be pleased and think well of you and so will everyone else. [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. 2:11 . 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. We must live a life of dependence upon God because that is the way to be safe (v. 5). He does not say thy bags, but thy barns, not thy wardrobe replenished, but thy presses: "God shall bless thee with an increase of that which is for use, not for show or ornament—for spending and laying out, not for hoarding and laying up.’’ Those that do good with what they have shall have more to do more good with. (3.) 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 must retain it. When we lean against a wall or on a cane, we trust it to support us. 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. Always remember what I ask you to do. (2.) 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. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. We must make a good use of our estates, and that is the way to increase them, v. 9, v. 10. 3:10 . The object of our secure trust is the Lord, a most reliable object of confidence! 22:2 Rev. Worldly wealth is but poor substance, yet, such as it is, we must honour God with it, and then, if ever, it becomes substantial. A humble subjection: Be not wise in thy own eyes. The Lord will do the same to the people that he loves. 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. 37:1, 7-9. By understanding he has likewise established the heavens and directed all the motions of them in the best manner. 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. 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. (2.) We must do all we can to support the declining interests of religion in the places where we live.II. It is glory begun, the earnest of it, Ps. 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. 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. To render dues both to church and state, magistrates and ministers. English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. 11:11 . 37:22, ), sets the one over against the other, that we may see how happy the saints are, though they be oppressed, and how miserable the wicked are, though they be oppressors. With all our increase. Compare Judges 18:7, Judges 18:27. 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. 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. iii. Let these be fixed and commanding principles in thee. 1. 2:2 . 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. If you do, he will show you the right way to go. (7-8) Walk rightly with God by a humble, reverent life. Is length of days a blessing? 20 The Lord who is wise, created the rivers and the clouds to give rain to the earth. And your life will be good. 3 Que la bonté et la fidélité ne t'abandonnent pas; Lie-les à ton cou, écris-les sur la table de ton coeur. 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. ‘She is worth more than silver. Proverbs 3:1-2 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my … 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. 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. 24 You will not be afraid when you go to bed. Salem Media Group. We must conduct ourselves aright under our afflictions, v. 11, v. 12. Font Size. 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. 8:17 ) and to set our hearts upon the world (Ps. God gives them grace (v. 34), and therefore they shall inherit glory, for grace is glory, 2 Co. 3:18 . Who takes pains for it, as he does who draws ore out of the mine. We must honour God, (1.) And you will make people happy too. (3.) 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. 25 Bad things happen to bad men. Proverbs 3 Commentary. Ver. We must remember them so that they may be ready to us whenever we have occasion to use them. 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. To give wages to those who have earned them. II. (4.) 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. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ... Proverbs 3:35. 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. In their motions by day, v. 23. For, 1. It will be nourishing: It shall be health to thy navel. 13:45, Mt. 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. We must refer ourselves to him as one from whom our judgment proceeds, and patiently, and with a holy indifferency, wait his award. 2:1 , etc. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} {{/items}} ← Language. "Envy not the oppressor; though he be rich and great, though he live in ease and pleasure, and make all about him to stand in awe of him, yet do not think him a happy man, nor wish thyself in his condition. VII. (1.) We must have a continual regard to God’s precepts, v. 1, v. 2.1. But, because length of days may possibly become a burden and a trouble, it is promised, (2.) easyenglish.bibleBooks > EasyEnglish Bible >. 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. In respect of safety and security. VIII. Job 38:8.) We must sustain it (so some read it), must embrace it with all our might, as we do that which we would sustain. Proverbs 3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. I. To provide for our relations, and those that have dependence on us, for to them it is due. Proverbs 3:9-10. 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 1 My son, don’t forget my teaching. 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. 2. 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. 32:17 . 2. In respect of honour and reputation: It shall be grace to thy neck, as a chain of gold, or a jewel. What it is to find wisdom so as to be made happy by it.1. The Rewards of Wisdom. 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. 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. 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. His exhortation, before, was to those that are rich and in prosperity, here to those that are poor and in adversity. Verses 7-12 We have here before us three exhortations, each of them enforced with a good reason:—I. 3. This was the law (Ex. 26 You will be able to trust the Lord. 10 If you do, you will not have enough places to store everything from your farm. 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. 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. That we must venture all in it, as a stock in trade, and be willing to part with all for it. 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. We are here in a world of troubles. Always remember what I … 9 Obey the Lord's rules with your money and offer him the best things from your farm. "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.) That we must make it our business, and not a by-business, as the merchant bestows the main of his thoughts and time upon his merchandise. Proverbs 3. 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. 5 Always trust the Lord completely. Remember what I tell you to do. 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… IV. "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.) We must keep up the fear of God because that is the way to be healthful (v. 7, v. 8). Pro 3:1-6. And you will sleep well. 18 Wise people are happy. In respect of strength and satisfaction: "It will be life to thy soul (v. 22); it will quicken thee to thy duty when thou beginnest to be slothful and remiss; it will revive thee under thy troubles when thou beginnest to droop and despond. 4. 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. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. We must take pains to obtain wisdom because that is the way to gain her, and to gain by her (v. 13-20). 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. "If thou hast it by thee to-day, hast it in the power of thy hand, say not to thy neighbour, Go thy way for this time, and come at a more convenient season, and I will then see what will be done; to-morrow I will give; whereas thou art not sure that thou shalt live till to-morrow, or that to-morrow thou shalt have it by thee. EASY . As God has prospered us in every thing, we must honour him. III. By faith. And by wisdom he put the sky where it is. Bible Gateway Recommends. When accounts are balanced, it will be found there is little got by striving.IV. Bible Language English. To provide for our relations, and those that have dependence on us, for to them it is due. Good people are taken under God’s special protection, and therein they may have an entire satisfaction. 2:4 . It will be like medicine that makes your body well. It will be thy spiritual life, an earnest of life eternal.’’ Life to the soul is life indeed. We must apprehend with all our might, and put forth our utmost vigour in the pursuit of it, lay hold on all occasions to improve in it, and catch at the least of its dictates.4. He shall have good success (so some translate it), the common effect of good understanding.III. 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. Those who know themselves cannot but find their own understanding to be a broken reed, which, if they lean to, will certainly fail them. 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. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (3) ... Proverbs 1:3. III. (Comp. Proverbs 6:1-3 English Standard Version (ESV) ... creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. 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. 3. 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. Proverbs 3:32. 23:19 ), and the prophets, Mal. © MissionAssist 2021 This the apostle quotes (Heb. Where riches increase we are tempted to honour ourselves (Deu. (3.) 2:52 ), to be accepted of the multitude of his brethren (Esth. (2.) He despises their impotent malice, sits in heaven and laughs at them, Ps. 8:27; Ps. 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. Proverbs 3. 7 Do not think about yourself as wiser than you really are. Always remember what I ask you to do. My son, forget not.] 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. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Proverbs 3. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the New Bible Commentary. 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. This is that pearl of great price which, when we have found it, we must willingly sell all for the purchase of, Mt. Study the bible online using commentary on Proverbs 3 and more! It is meant of the increase of the earth, for we live upon annual products, to keep us in constant dependence on God. English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. It is a participation of the happiness of God himself, for wisdom is his everlasting glory and blessedness, v. 19, v. 20. 3. 3. We read here of the merchandise of wisdom, which intimates, (1.) Now observe,1. 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. And it will give you peace. That often proves best which was least our own doing. 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. That it is a fatherly correction; it comes not from his vindictive justice as a Judge, but his wise affection as a Father. To be charitable to the poor and necessitous. With our increase. Proverbs 3 Commentary, this volume commentary on the Bible is highly regarded for his very prudent and judicious expositions Proverbs 3:29. 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. Update. (1.) And you will have money, and people will call you a great person. We must not envy the prosperity of evil-doers, v. 31. 28 Do not ask anyone to wait until tomorrow if you can help them today. (4.) And he will sometimes tell you that you have done wrong things. 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. After you log in your content will be available in your library. V. We must hear afflictions well because that is the way to get good by them (v. 11, v. 12). To be charitable to the poor and necessitous. 5. The end of sinners will be everlasting shame, the end of saints endless honour, v. 35. 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. His “secret,” i. e., His close, intimate communion as … Our law will allow a prescription for a modus decimandi—a mode of tithing, but none de non decimando—for exemption from paying tithes. 16 If you are wise, you will have a long life. —Or, burst forth: the word used in Genesis 7:11 of the breaking forth of the waters from the interior of the earth at the flood. But silly people will not be called great.

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