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FRAMEWORKS: Proverbs 3


(The 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)


FRAMEWORKS: Proverbs 3: The practical value of Wisdom


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1,2 Obedience & Consequence (1)

v.1  My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
v.2  for [then] they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.


v.3,4 Obedience & Consequence (2)

v.3  Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them round your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
v.4   Then you will win favour and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.


v.5,6 Obedience & Consequence (3)

v.5   [1a] Trust in the Lord with all your heart
[1b] lean not on your own understanding;
v.6   [1c] in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.


v.7,8 Obedience & Consequence (4)

v.7  Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
v.8  This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.


v.9,10 Obedience & Consequence (5)

v.9  Honour the Lord with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops;
v.10  then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.


v.11,12 Be open to correction

v.11  My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
v.12  because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.


v.13-15 The value of wisdom

v.13  Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
v.14  for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
v.15  She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.

v.16-18 The Life Consequences of Wisdom

v.16   Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honour.
v.17  Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.
v.18  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
    those who hold her fast will be blessed.


v.19,20 How the Lord used it

v.19  By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations,
    by understanding he set the heavens in place;
v.20  by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
    and the clouds let drop the dew.


v.21-24 The Security that comes with wisdom

v.21  My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
    preserve sound judgment and discretion;
v.22   [then] they will be life for you,
    an ornament to grace your neck.
v.23   Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble.
v.24  When you lie down, [then] you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

v.25,26 The peace of mind that follows

v.25  Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
v.26  for the Lord will be at your side
    and will keep your foot from being snared.


v.27-31 Attitudes & Behaviours to avoid

v.27   Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to act.
v.28   Do not say to your neighbour,
    ‘Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to you'–
    when you already have it with you.
v.29   Do not plot harm against your neighbour,
    who lives trustfully near you.
v.30   Do not accuse anyone for no reason –
    when they have done you no harm.

v.31   Do not envy the violent
    or choose any of their ways.


v.32-35 The Lord is against all forms of wickedness but blesses the righteous

v.32  For the Lord detests the perverse
    but takes the upright into his confidence.
v.33  The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the home of the righteous.
v.34  He mocks proud mockers
    but shows favour to the humble and oppressed.
v.35  The wise inherit honour,
    but fools get only shame.




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