Here is a Bible commentary and a Bible study on Proverbs chapter three.
Proverbs 3: 1-2 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for they will add days and years of life and peace to you. “
This chapter of Proverbs contains a lot of divine wisdom and the first lesson is the most important and that is obedience to the commandments of God. If they are obeyed, they result in a longer life and a more peaceful life as well. There is great peace of mind for all who live in obedience.
Proverbs 3: 5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
I have to admit that my “trust” meter is sometimes very low and this is tragic because it shows that I do not trust God. When my trust is in God, I trust God more. It is a mistake for me to rely on my own understanding because by relying on my own understanding I am already able to fall. If I trust the teachings of God and recognize him in all my ways (giving him due glory) then he will straighten out the paths that I don’t even see around the corner that were previously narrow and winding. Why should I consider myself wise in my own eyes when Paul wrote “What did you not receive? So if you got it, why do you brag like you didn’t get it»(1 Cor 4, 7)?
Proverbs 3: 9-10 “Honor the Lord with your riches and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with abundance, and your vats will overflow with wine.
It is not just about tithe but giving God first and best and it may not include wine or fruits, but it will likely include your time, talent (gifts), and treasure (your silver). If you are generous to the poor then you are generous to the Lord and “he will reimburse him for his act(Prov 19:17).
Proverbs 3: 11-12 “My son, do not despise the discipline of the Lord, and do not tire of his rebuke, for the Lord takes back him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he pleases.” “
I believe you cannot separate love from discipline. A father disciplines his children because he loves them. Blind punishment is quite another thing. God loves us enough to discipline us because who is the son or daughter who does not receive discipline? The opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy. Such a state causes one to care so little that he will not care enough about discipline, but discipline is motivated by love.
Proverbs 3: 13-14 “Blessed is he who finds wisdom and he who learns understanding, for his gain is better than money, and his profit better than gold. “
The search for the precious pearl of wisdom makes it its own reward. He who finds wisdom and understanding finds those things which will not rust, corrode or be stolen and which cannot be lost.
Proverbs 3: 24-26 “If you lie down you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be soft. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your trust and will keep your foot from getting caught.
These verses remind me a lot of the 23rd Psalm or Psalm 91 where it says “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day“(91: 5) and even though”A thousand may fall by your side, ten thousand to your right … he will not approach you(91: 7).
Proverbs 3: 27-28 “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do so. Do not say to your neighbor: “Go and come back, tomorrow I will give it to you”, when you have it with you.
These verses remind me of other works of wisdom, but they are found in the New Testament. Most scholars consider the Book of James to be wisdom literature because it contains so much wisdom. Something James wrote that is very similar to what Solomon wrote saying “Do not deny good to those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do soWas what James basically said, “So the one who knows what to do and does not do it, for him it is a sin(James 4:17). When you tell your neighbor that you are going to give him something to help him and that you don’t, it is a sin. Better not to promise something than to promise something and not keep that promise.
Proverbs 3: 30-32a “Do not dispute with a man without reason, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a violent man and choose none of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord. “
It is unreasonable and illogical to argue with someone who only wants to be contentious, argumentative and argue with you. It’s just a waste of time. It’s a matter of pride. Paul told Timothy to “Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God not to quarrel over words; it has no value, and only ruins those who listen»(2nd Tm 2,14). The church must have had members arguing over words, so Paul also told Titus to “”avoid controversies and senseless genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, for they are unnecessary and unnecessary(Titus 3: 9).
Proverbs 3:35 “The wise will inherit honor, but fools will be dishonored. “
If we lived with the end in mind, we could better tolerate the suffering of today. This is how Paul was able to endure as much as he explains: “Because I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth the comparison with the glory which must be revealed to us”(Rom 8:18). Paul used a term of mathematical accounting here; he put today’s suffering on one side of the scale, then the glorious eternal future on the other and concluded that it “is not worth comparing.”
There are enough chapters in the Book of Proverbs to provide you with one wisdom literature lesson each day for a month. You will be surprised at how much you will glean God’s wisdom if you read it every day. In fact, there is great wisdom in this.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want To Know, whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.