Proverbs 3:13-22

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Proverbs 3

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

E. The high value of wisdom (3:13-20)

13 Happy (i.e. blessed) is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise (i.e. the profit) of it is better than the merchandise (i.e. the profit) of silver, and the gain thereof (i.e. the gain from wisdom is better) than fine gold.

15 She (i.e. wisdom) is more precious than rubies (i.e. precious stones): and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her (i.e. to wisdom).

16 Length of days (i.e. long life) is in her (i.e. wisdom's) right hand; and in her (i.e. wisdom's) left hand riches and honour.

17 Her (i.e. wisdom's) ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her (i.e. wisdom's) paths are peace (i.e. harmony).

18 She (i.e. wisdom) is a tree of life to them (i.e. a source of life) that lay hold upon her (i.e. wisdom): and happy is every one that retaineth her (i.e. wisdom. Action must be taken by the individual to lay hold upon wisdom. It will not come to the individual if he does not initiate the process by seeking God's wisdom).

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

20 By his (i.e. the LORD's) knowledge the depths are broken up (God opened up the fountains of the great deep at the time of the flood), and the clouds drop down the dew (He lifts the water from the oceans into the clouds, then distributes it as rain upon the earth. Its reference is to the hydrologic cycle. The LORD designed the hydrologic cycle to be this way. Water comes down in the form or rain, finds its way to the oceans, evaporates, forms clouds, then rains upon the earth).

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

F. The value of wisdom in building relationships with others (3:21-35)

21 My son, let not them (i.e. sound wisdom and discretion) depart from thine eyes (Don't lose focus on them): keep sound wisdom and discretion (i.e. discernment):

22 So shall they (i.e. sound wisdom and discretion) be life unto thy soul (thus, providing inward vitality), and grace to thy neck (and providing outward beauty or adornment for you, enhancing you, or being a credit to you).

23 THEN shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble (you will have peace of mind).

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet (Peace of mind will guarantee a good night's sleep).

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear (or terror like the wicked), neither of the desolation (i.e. devastation or ruin) of (i.e. brought about by or which happen to) the wicked, when it cometh.