Proverbs 3:26-4:5

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Proverbs 3

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)

26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence (i.e. hope), and shall keep thy foot from being taken (i.e. captured).

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due (things such as wages owed, debts due, things borrowed, kindness, honor, respect, etc.), when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee (Don't put your neighbor off when you could meet his need today).

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee (he lives trustingly and unsuspectingly beside you - you should be able to trust your neighbor, and he should be able to trust you).

30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm (Don't pick a fight with someone who has done nothing to provoke it.).

31 Envy thou not the oppressor (i.e. the violent man - because of money or pleasures he seems to have - He may seem successful in his aggressiveness - Don't envy him), and choose none (i.e. choose not any) of his ways (Don't follow his ways).

32 For the froward (i.e. the perverse) is abomination to the LORD (i.e. the Lord hates or despises him): but his (i.e. the LORD's) secret (i.e. confidential conversation) is with the righteous (i.e. The LORD deals with the righteous as his intimate friends and takes them into His intimate confidence).

33 The curse of the LORD (speaks of the Lord's condemnation) is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth (i.e. He favors - He blesseth speaks of his favor or blessing upon) the habitation (i.e. home or dwelling place) of the just (i.e. the righteous - the righteous enjoys fellowship with God).

34 Surely he scorneth (i.e. scoffs at or mocks) the scorners (i.e. the scoffers or the mockers): but he giveth grace unto the lowly (i.e. the humble).

35 The wise shall inherit glory (speaks of God's honoring the wise, i.e. those seeking after Him): but shame (i.e. disgrace, dishonor) shall be the promotion of fools (i.e. fools will fall into disgrace or dishonor - the wise are honored, but fools are shamed).

Proverbs 4

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

G. An exhortation to acquire wisdom (4:1-9)

1 Hear (i.e. listen, obey), ye children (i.e., O sons), the instruction (discipline, chastening, correction) of a father, and attend (i.e. give attention) to know understanding (i.e. discernment).

2 For I give you good doctrine (i.e. teaching or instruction), forsake (i.e. abandon or neglect) ye not my law (i.e. instruction).

3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart (i.e. mind, will, understanding) retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding (i.e. discernment): forget it not; neither decline (i.e. turn away from) from the words of my mouth.