Proverbs Chapter 3
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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.
Faith imanah's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment on 4/23/2014, 5:01pm...
Keeping God 's commandments will help us living in a righteous life, his word will be in us,and we will be able to overcome the devil because we have the living word in our lives.
Adekunle olusoji's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 4/13/2014, 12:08am...
All God is interested in all aspect of your life. Not just your spiritual life, but your secular as well. Your ways it implies that you must begin a doing, a going, a vision, a purpose or something that is in line with God 's divine agenda for our local community and globally. Then, as we pray to acknowledge him, he directs us. Because you have just started what he has finished.
AJ's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 4/05/2014, 11:58am...
In everything that we do, make sure that GOD is visually present and recognizable. His love, grace, beauty, power, glory should be revealed seen and heard in our daily walk and work.
Donna Freemn's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 27 on 3/31/2014, 11:35am...
I really love this verse. I believe that if we all practiced what this verse states the world would be a more considerate, loving understanding place to be
PETER M's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 3/30/2014, 9:59am...
Its direct n encourges us to trust in God who knows our future
Rance Purry's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 3/26/2014, 12:58pm...
God is saying in everything we do give him your ear,listen to that sweet voice of righeousness and he will show us the way to go. God loves each and everyone of us and we are the Righteousness of God in our Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you all.
MockingBird's Proverbs Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 3/26/2014, 9:10am...
In all thy ways acknowledge Him There have been some ways that I have not acknowledged my Lord It has cost me He did direct me to go in the right path but I thought I was smarter and wanted to do it my own way !!!! So from now on I do it the way my Lord says to do it .I go with those Nudgings promptings of my Lord Saviour Jesus Christ. God answered my prayer I didn 't want to listen.I want to listen do what He says now !!!! Praise God !!!!
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