objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Proverbs 3: The practical value of Wisdom
Comments: The fruit of following this teaching is now
expanded. It starts with five pairs of very practical advice and
the blessings that will follow [v.1-10], calls for a heart open
to correction [v.11,12], and then suggests the value of wisdom
[v.13-15]. Then comes a powerful declaration of the goodness of
life that will follow [v.16-18] with a reminder that it was with
wisdom & understanding that the Lord created the world [v.19,20].
i.e. the implication is that they are very practical. Indeed the
one who follows them will know security [v.21-24] and peace [v.25,26].
Wisdom also has a very negative side for there are things the
wise will not do [v.27-31] and the reason is that the Lord is
against such things [v.32-35]. An excellent chapter on which to
establish a moral life.]
Obedience & Consequence (1)
son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands
in your heart,
will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Obedience & Consequence (2)
love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them round your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favour and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
Obedience & Consequence (3)
in the Lord with all your heart
and [1b] lean
not on your own understanding;
[1c] in all your ways submit
and he will make your paths straight.
Obedience & Consequence (4)
not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
Obedience & Consequence (5)
the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new
Be open to correction
son, do not despise the Lord's discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
The value of wisdom
are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
The Life Consequences of Wisdom
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and
ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
is a tree of life to those who take hold of
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
How the Lord used it
wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in
his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
The Security that comes with wisdom
son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
you lie down, [then] you will
not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be
The peace of mind that follows
no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
Attitudes & Behaviours to avoid
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is
when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbour,
‘Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to
when you already have it with you.
Do not plot harm against your neighbour,
who lives trustfully near you.
Do not accuse anyone for no reason –
when they have done you no harm.
Do not envy the violent
or choose any of their ways.
The Lord is against all forms of wickedness but blesses the righteous
the Lord detests the perverse
but takes the upright into his confidence.
Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
mocks proud mockers
but shows favour to the humble and oppressed.
wise inherit honour,
but fools get only shame.
to Proverbs 4