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 So do not think about doing bad things to him. 27 Do not refuse to do good things to those that need it. 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. We read here of the merchandise of wisdom, which intimates, (1.) 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. We must not hinder others from doing it, not be ourselves backward to it. 28:28 ); those that have it are truly wise, but self-denyingly so, and not wise in their own eyes. English Standard Version (ESV) Bible Book List. With the first-fruits of all, as Abel, Gen. 4:4 . Retail: $89.99. 4:8 Ps. Be not thus loth to part with thy money upon a good account. 18:26 ); he resists the proud. 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. 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. Sinners are hated of God, but saints are beloved, v. 32. By prayer (v. 6): In all thy ways acknowledge God. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. When accounts are balanced, it will be found there is little got by striving.IV. 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. If you do, he will show you the right way to go. Let him not fear the desolation of the wicked, when it comes, that is, [1.] Proverbs 3:5-6 English Standard Version ... creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. ... Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (20) Are broken up. 33 The Lord will cause bad things to happen to the homes of bad people. Proverbs 5 Proverbs 7. It is wealth that is worth keeping.II. The way to have a good night is to keep a good conscience; and the sleep, as of the labouring man, so of the wise and godly man, is sweet. First 30-days on us! (4.) We must acquaint ourselves with them; for we cannot be said to forget that which we never knew. 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. 25 Bad things happen to bad men. English Standard Version Update. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} {{/items}} ← Language. 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. VI. From all this it appears what a tendency religion has to make men both blessed and blessings. 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… ‘She is worth more than silver. Who does good with it, who draws out from the stock he has, as wine from the vessel, and communicates to others, for their instruction, things new and old. Proverbs 3:1-2 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my … [2.] 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. Cancel. Their end will manifest their folly: Shame shall be their promotion. Study Proverbs 3 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. V. We must hear afflictions well because that is the way to get good by them (v. 11, v. 12). 11:11 . We must do all we can to support the declining interests of religion in the places where we live.II. He shall have good success (so some translate it), the common effect of good understanding.III. To render dues both to church and state, magistrates and ministers. 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. Proverbs 3:2. They are safe and may be easy, (1.) He despises their impotent malice, sits in heaven and laughs at them, Ps. We must sustain it (so some read it), must embrace it with all our might, as we do that which we would sustain. God gives them grace (v. 34), and therefore they shall inherit glory, for grace is glory, 2 Co. 3:18 . The Blessing of Wisdom. Nothing that you want could have more value. (3.) 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. 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. 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. The true nature of such success. 20 The Lord who is wise, created the rivers and the clouds to give rain to the earth. 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. Drop down the dew. 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. Yes, the most valuable; life includes all good, and therefore she offers that in her right hand. 5:4 ; Hab. Who improves in it, who, having some understanding, draws it out by growing in knowledge and making five talents ten. To fear the Lord, so as to depart from evil, is true wisdom and understanding (Job. Keep them like valuable stones round your neck and never forget them. We must remember them so that they may be ready to us whenever we have occasion to use them. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 84:11 . The desolation which wicked men will be brought into in a moment. In their greatest straits and dangers. Those who know themselves cannot but find their own understanding to be a broken reed, which, if they lean to, will certainly fail them. Bible Language English. 4. If you listen, you will understand. Great and growing peace have those that love the law. All rights reserved. For, 1. 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. 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. New American Standard Bible 1995. Proverbs 3. We mistake if we think that giving will undo us and make us poor. We must not despise an affliction, be it ever so light and short, as if it were not worth taking notice of, or as if it were not sent on an errand and therefore required no answer. 7 Do not think about yourself as wiser than you really are. Cursed be he that smites his neighbour secretly. That it is a fatherly correction; it comes not from his vindictive justice as a Judge, but his wise affection as a Father. Are riches and honour accounted blessings? As God has prospered us in every thing, we must honour him. The saints enter into peace on this side heaven, and enjoy a present sabbatism.3. 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. iii. Tie them around your neck, and write them on your heart. With all our increase. What we gave we have.III. 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. 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. Proverbs 3:19: ch. Our law will allow a prescription for a modus decimandi—a mode of tithing, but none de non decimando—for exemption from paying tithes. Do not do anything that they do. 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. After you log in your content will be available in your library. VII. (Comp. It is meant of the increase of the earth, for we live upon annual products, to keep us in constant dependence on God. (3.) 30 Do not quarrel with other people for no good reason when they have never done anything wrong to you. Who takes pains for it, as he does who draws ore out of the mine. 15 It is better to be wise than to have very valuable stones. 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. 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. 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. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Proverbs 3 Commentary, this volume commentary on the Bible is highly regarded for his very prudent and judicious expositions 12 A father may be happy that his son is doing good things. If others want the necessary … 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. 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. God shall be our life and the length of our days, and that will be indeed long life, with an addition. 4. What must be our care when we are in affliction. 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. 26 You will be able to trust the Lord. But he will tell him if his son has done something wrong. 2. When we lean against a wall or on a cane, we trust it to support us. This is that pearl of great price which, when we have found it, we must willingly sell all for the purchase of, Mt. The object of our secure trust is the Lord, a most reliable object of confidence! (2.) II. Buy the truth, (Prov. 2 What I teach will give you a long and good life. Securely - i. e., “With full trust,” without care or suspicion. 2. 2. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. A protest against the tendency to worship success, to think the lot of the “man of violence” enviable, and therefore to be chosen. The froward sinners, who are continually going from-ward him, whose lives are a perverse contradiction to his will, are abomination to the Lord. No, giving for God’s honour will make us rich, Hag. To provide for our relations, and those that have dependence on us, for to them it is due. 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. Proverbs 3 – Easy English Bible (EASY) – 1 Do not forget what I teach you, my son. 11 My son, the Lord will sometimes punish you. ), yet, (1.) Top. Thus God hath said, As many as I love I rebuke and chasten, Rev. Update. III. 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. If our religion be our companion, it will be our convoy: "Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely. 8:17 ) and to set our hearts upon the world (Ps. 3 When I was a little boy, the one son of my parents, 4 my father taught me. She is more valuable than precious stones. Here is a Bible commentary and Bible study on Proverbs chapter three. 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. Your feet will keep to the path. Let these be fixed and commanding principles in thee. 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. And you will sleep well. 19 The Lord, who is wise, made all the earth. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the New Bible Commentary. 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. And your life will be good. It is a participation of the happiness of God himself, for wisdom is his everlasting glory and blessedness, v. 19, v. 20. 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. 16 If you are wise, you will have a long life. 3. Verses 13-20 Solomon had pressed us earnestly to seek diligently for wisdom ch. Font Size. 2 What I teach will give you a good, long life, and all will go well for you. 13:46 . Cross references. Always do good things to them when you can. That which people admire is an abomination to Yahweh. A dutiful subjection: Fear the Lord, and depart from evil; take heed of doing any thing to offend him and to forfeit his care. (2.) 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. 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 ). 35 Wise people will be called great. From all this it appears what a tendency religion has to make men both blessed and blessings. (3.) 21 My son, remember my wise words and do not lose your wisdom. 116:7 . 3:10 . It will be thy spiritual life, an earnest of life eternal.’’ Life to the soul is life indeed. To be charitable to the poor and necessitous. We must never design any hurt or harm to any body (v. 29): "Devise not evil against thy neighbour; do not contrive how to do him an ill-turn undiscovered, to prejudice him in his body, goods, or good name, and the rather because he dwells securely by thee, and, having given thee no provocation, entertains no jealousy or suspicion of thee, and therefore is off his guard.’’ It is against the laws both of honour and friendship to do a man an ill-turn and give him no warning. VIII. We must retain it. Always remember what I ask you to do. 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. II. © MissionAssist 2021 In respect of honour and reputation: It shall be grace to thy neck, as a chain of gold, or a jewel. 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. Always be wise when you are choosing what to do. But the question is, What shall we get by it when we have found it? 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 are here in a world of troubles. Having it not in himself, he draws it with the bucket of prayer from the fountain of all wisdom, who gives liberally.

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