Proverbs Chapter 3
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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
Exhortations 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)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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcia's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 8/19/2014, 4:56am...
Alvis That is why Jesus had to die for our sins because, He was the only one that had not sinned, so he became the sacrafical lamb,He gave his life to so that God would pardon us the sinners.
Joseph odhiambo's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 8/07/2014, 5:05am...
GOD have agood plan to his people.only man 's plan is not good to GOD Read ROMANS 6 23 I bleave that GOD LOVE HAS THE BIBLE speak about love of GOD
Stacy's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 8/05/2014, 5:10pm...
Renee, I think it is important to remember that the Proverbs are in fact written by a man who is writing to his son. I believe the term "she " was used in this passage to show that wisdom should be sought after and then treated like a lady. And also if he had used "he " it would have been very difficult to read and comprehend.
Renee's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 8/05/2014, 10:40am...
"She " ....wisdom....why a she ? I mean I think it 's great ! I 'm a woman ...so Gods wisdom "she " woman "she " LOL! Sorry gentleman D ...But seriously though I don 't understand the masculine feminine with the words ? Kind of confusing . Why is Wisdom feminine . God bless
Stacy's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 8/03/2014, 1:26pm...
In Genesis 3 verse 22 says we are to take and eat from the tree of life if we intend to live forever. Proverbs 3 seems to explain that "she " wisdom is one of twelve fruits of the tree of life. We are to partake of the wisdom because it is by wisdom God founded the earth and by understanding he created the heavens. The wise shall inherit Glory while the fools promotion shall be shame.
Jeff T.'s Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 8/03/2014, 5:23am...
Someone asked the question in these comments 'how did the gospel ever come about since everyone or all were sinning? '. The Gospel is the good news of salvation that is offered to all. It is offered from God and not man. Yes, the 'all have sinned ' refers to all men, and 'all have sinned and come short of the glory of God '. The 'Gospel ' is the good news that we do not have to pay for our sin. Jesus died to pay for our sins, therefore He is the source of the Gospel, which thankfully has nothing to do with 'sinful ' mankind. However, we are charged to spread the 'Gospel ' and the fact that we are all sinners in no way stops us from doing so, nor does it change the message of this good news.
Alvis's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 7/27/2014, 3:48pm...
In the URL that led to this page, I read that "all " means everything. If "all " means everything or in another case of "everybody " then there is a problem with salvation coming to pass. The phrase "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God ", cannot mean everyone, for if it be so, then, how did the gospel ever come about since everyone or all were sinning?
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