Proverbs Chapter 8
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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
Christ, as Wisdom, calls to the sons of men. (1-11) The nature and riches of Wisdom. (12-21) Christ one with the Father, in the creation of the world, and rejoicing in his work for the salvation of man. (22-31) Exhortations to hear Christ's word. (32-36)1-11 The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.
12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.
22-31 The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged in the creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work. Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not we delight in his salvation?
32-36 Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinners die because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.
Ros's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 5/08/2013, 4:46am...
The still small voice of God take an attentive and quiet ear to hear. those who learn to discern the voice of God above all others, find themselves in a special and reserved place. A place where you stand blessed to the point of a more intimate fellowship, and daily assistance in our walk in this world and with God....32 & 34
Max Young Lynn's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 3/08/2013, 12:10am...
I love Proverbs 8. It touches my mind, heart and soul with God's love. If you are lost, this chapter will give your soul guidance and peace. Glory be to our father. Amen.
Antonio's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 2/16/2013, 3:33pm...
I like this passage because God is offering his love to me and l want to return same love to him, as much as I can.
Biodun Williams's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 2/08/2013, 5:33am...
When the truths of the Holy Writ are put to work and honoured, we automatically become praise and adoration friendly, and that is, as unto God. And with that, the heavens cannot but open up on us. The fact is that we, as created human beings, and also as born again children of the Most High God, have been accepted already into the family of the beloved Jesus Christ, and that is that we might become wise unto salvation. Praise the LORD! As a matter of fact, based on the Scripture, we are meant to sow to ourselves, in righteousness- and with that, there are heaven's guaranteed rewards that glorify and honour the LORD God that He will permit toward us. That of course is one of the intent of the book of Proverbs; for it has all manner of issues that it covers and deals with. It is such an excellent and encouraging segment of the Scripture. It has warnings, admonitions, corrections, and directions inherent in it for he that believeth. And therefore, the Just shall live through the weaponry of faith, and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. What do these mean? Well, it connotes and reflects, that even though we may have heard some things about God Word before and learn them, yet we must keep giving committed and unwavering attention to the Word of God- and also continue to live and honour God through what we have heard and learnt from His Word. Why is this? It is because, we belong to the things of the Holy Spirit- and God's Word works beautifully, wonderfully and remarkably.
Racheal's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 2/06/2013, 5:18pm...
Wisdom and understanding, We need to ask God for wisdom and understanding daily. Those who don't seek this values from God can find their lives on a very hard road.
Biodun Williams's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 2/06/2013, 9:37am...
Proverbs 8 starts with two provoking and penetrating questions! In other words, can you hear the cry of Wisdom and knowledge in the society where you are and where you go! Interestingly, hardly is there any profession or discipline that does not have its light, but the light of the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ, surpasses all of them. And therefore, through this chapter, we have an invitation to examine ourselves and look, as it were, very carefully and thoroughly in to who we are and what we are into. You see, in the work place, if you have even been involved in any sort of work, you are likely to notice that if you must get for instance to the top of the ladder in that sort of organisation or whatever, you can’t ignore hard work, high level of discipline, passion, integrity, and also commitment that is more than the ordinary. And, in all civilised society particularly in the Western World- and also in some others, you can notice elements of order, wherever you go. These did not suddenly happen- and often there must have been years of hard work, planning and all manner of inputs into it- and that is why sometimes you can smell migrants relocating into some of these areas from other places. But what has this got to do with Proverbs 8? Well, you see, in life, all things have some measure relativity with one another. Therefore, the importance and the high relevance and necessity of the Word of God, in the life of a Christian. The fact is that, if we are genuinely born again we must have heard that, as far as the Kingdom of God is concerned, your fellowship and intimacy with the Triune God, and the level of investment that we commit in terms of prayerful time in His Word can’t be ignored. There are spaces and there are seats? There are dominions and there are thrones? There are doors and there are entrances. The truth is that the space that you give God is what He will occupy and that is because it is the entrance of God’s Word into the spiritual man that giveth light, Psalm 119:130. In fact it says: To the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this book, it is because there is no light in them, Isaiah 8:20. This also points to the importance of true knowledge of the Holy Writ- and it can’t simply happen except we are really serious about it. It is also true that what you pay attention to has one way of the other, of determining the course of your life- hence the immense relevance of intensive immersion in the Holy Writ- and that is through, whatever manner of the dispensing and administering of the preached Word that comes your way. If the Holy Writ says: ‘’Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…’’, Matthew 6:33; that is precisely what it meaneth! It is also the case that if it says, ‘’Delight yourself in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart’’ (Psalm 37:4), indicating and connoting, investment of great amount of time in God’s Word, through prayers , fellowship with God, reflecting upon His Word, and the practice of it, then that is what it sayeth! That means you and I, are the ones to determine the measure of obedience that we put in place vis a vis the will of God as He reveals it to us differently. The interesting things about it is that no matter your depth of knowledge about these things, God’s Word is unfathomable, and when you become a student of His Word, very soon, you would come to an understanding that, God, in His righteousness, love, holiness and immeasurable generosity, is truly and really worthy of honour, adoration, praise and worship. Blessed be His holy name forever and ever. Hallelujah!
T's Proverbs Chapter 8 comment on 1/06/2013, 10:51am...
Be watchful, and careful of your time. You have choices and to make the right ones. You first need to be instructed on the wrong ones. Everything depends on the outcome and what we learn from what happens to us also.
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