Proverbs 3:1-12

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Proverbs 3

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

D. The blessings of wisdom (3:1-12)

1 My son, forget not my law (i.e. teaching or instruction); but let thine heart (you, deep within yourself, your mind determine to do this and then do it) keep (i.e. observe) my commandments (it suggests take them seriously and obey them):

2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they (i.e. the father's commandments - if {or when} they are kept) add to thee.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee (i.e. be merciful and truthful): bind them about thy neck (i.e. make mercy and truthfulness a part of your life); write them upon the table of thine heart (i.e. hide them deep within yourself - make them a part of yourself):

4 So shalt thou find favour (or grace) and good understanding (i.e. a reputation for good behavior, good repute, a good name, high esteem) in the sight of God and man (Being merciful and truthful will result in finding favor and a good reputation in God's sight as well as in man's sight).

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (or discernment - Place your complete confidence exclusively in the Lord. His understanding or discernment is perfect; whereas, yours is very limited).

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him (In every aspect of life recognize the LORD's wisdom and sovereignty and be submissive to it), and he shall direct thy paths (The LORD will guide, lead, or direct you every step of the way He wants you to go).

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes (Do not be overestimating or depending upon your own wisdom - be seeking the LORD's wisdom - He is omniscient, and you are not even close): fear (i.e. stand in awe of) the LORD, and depart (or turn away) from evil.

8 It (i.e. departing from evil because of fearing the LORD) shall be health to thy navel (the navel represents the entire body), and marrow (i.e. nourishment, strengthening, or moistening) to thy bones.

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance (i.e. wealth or riches), and with the firstfruits of all thine increase (the tithe is on the increase):

10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses (i.e. winepresses) shall burst out with new wine (God will bless your crops abundantly if you honor Him with your substance and the firstfruits of your increase).

11 My son, despise (i.e. reject or refuse) not the chastening (i.e. discipline, correction) of the LORD; neither be weary of (i.e. shrink from, detest, or refuse) his correction (or reproof):

12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth (Your being corrected by the LORD is a proof that He loves you); even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.