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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 3

xhortations to obedience and faith. (1-6) To piety, and to improve afflictions. (7-12) To gain wisdom. (13-20) Guidance of Wisdom. (21-26) The wicked and the upright. (27-35)

Verses 1-6: In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not design any thing but what is lawful, and beg God to direct thee in every case, though it may seem quite plain. In all our ways that prove pleasant, in which we gain our point, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge him with submission. It is promised, He shall direct thy paths; so that thy way shall be safe and good, and happy at last.

Verses 7-12: There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. Worldly wealth is but poor substance, yet, such as it is, we must honour God with it; and those that do good with what they have, shall have more to do more good with. Should the Lord visit us with trials and sickness, let us not forget that the exhortation speaks to us as to children, for our good. We must not faint under an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not be driven to despair, or use wrong means for relief. The father corrects the son whom he loves, because he loves him, and desires that he may be wise and good. Afflictions are so far from doing God's children any hurt, that, by the grace of God, they promote their holiness.

Verses 13-20: No precious jewels or earthly treasures are worthy to be compared with true wisdom, whether the concerns of time or eternity be considered. We must make wisdom our business; we must venture all in it, and be willing to part with all for it. This Wisdom is the Lord Jesus Christ and his salvation, sought and obtained by faith and prayer. Were it not for unbelief, remaining sinfulness, and carelessness, we should find all our ways pleasantness, and our paths peace, for his are so; but we too often step aside from them, to our own hurt and grief. Christ is that Wisdom, by whom the worlds were made, and still are in being; happy are those to whom he is made of God wisdom. He has wherewithal to make good all his promises.

Verses 21-26: Let us not suffer Christ's words to depart from us, but keep sound wisdom and discretion; then shall we walk safely in his ways. 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, under the protection of his grace, so that we shall be kept from falling into sin or trouble.

Verses 27-35: Our business is to observe the precepts of Christ, and to copy his example; to do justice, to love mercy, and to beware of covetousness; to be ready for every good work, avoiding needless strife, and bearing evils, if possible, rather than seeking redress by law. It will be found there is little got by striving. Let us not envy prosperous oppressors; far be it from the disciples of Christ to choose any of their ways. These truths may be despised by the covetous and luxurious, but everlasting contempt will be the portion of such scorners, while Divine favour is shown to the humble believer.


David Burnette's Life Application

Wisdom's Wealth


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 3. In our text today we see that wisdom is extremely valuable. When we apply wisdom to our lives we will gain the steps to success. In making application we see that if we make unwise decisions it will cost us time and resources. Since the Lord knows the best path for our lives and has given us His instructions in His Word, the Bible. It would benefit us to follow the Instructions of Wisdom. How about you? Do you follow the instruction of the Lord? Let us learn from our text today to see that following wisdom will give us the shortest distance to the wealth of blessings that He has for us.

 

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Proverbs 3

Proverbs 3

 1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

 2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

 3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

 4So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

 8It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

 9Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

 10So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

 11My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

 12For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

 13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

 14For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

 15She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

 16Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

 17Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

 18She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

 19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

 20By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

 21My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

 22So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

 23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

 24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

 25Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

 26For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

 27Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

 28Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

 29Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

 30Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

 31Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

 32For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

 33The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

 34Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

 35The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.