Proverbs 3 is PACKED with "further benefits of wisdom". . . .(this is truly an amazing read)
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1My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
3Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.a
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
12because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a fatherb the son he delights in.
13Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
14for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
19By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
21My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight;
22they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble;
24when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26for the Lord will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.
27Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.
28Do not say to your neighbor,
“Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—
when you now have it with you.
29Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
30Do not accuse a man for no reason—
when he has done you no harm.
31Do not envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways,
32for the Lord detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
33The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34He mocks proud mockers
but gives grace to the humble.
35The wise inherit honor,
but fools he holds up to shame.
How Proverbs is like a "Grand Finale".
. . .All of these verses are wonderfully and concisely written. To read one verse right after the other in the book of Proverbs is like the "Grand Finale" of Wisdom in the Bible. All the fireworks are pretty, (all the verses in the Bible lead us to more knowledge, wisdom and better understanding of God and ourselves) but Proverbs is like the Grand Finale of the verse, "BAM, BAM, BAM!" One right after the other. :) Each verse builds on the one before it. After each verse I want to say, "OH, woah, Amen!" By the time I get to the bottom I just want to yell, "WOW!!! Holy cow! That was incredible!!" :)
I mean, you cannot read Chapter 3 of Proverbs without desiring wisdom! Try to read the whole book of Proverbs without wanting to have wisdom. You just can't do it. :) I deleted the "If you's" and made a list of all the "then you's", so that we could see a list of all the good that will be done in our lives when we choose to live out the wisdom Proverbs teaches us in just chapter 3 alone. For instance, Chapter 3, verse 9 says,
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine."
so I took out the "If You's" and left just the two "Then You's":
your barns will be filled to overflowing,
your vats will brim over with new wine.
Here is the list I came up with. When we heed the nuggets of wisdom found in Proverbs 3, God says our reward will look like this:
- prolong your life many years
- you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
- He (God) will make your paths straight.
- health to your body
- nourishment to your bones.
- your barns will be filled to overflowing,
- your vats will brim over with new wine.
- the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
- gains understanding,
- more profitable than silver, yields better returns than gold.
- Long life
- pleasant ways,
- paths are peace.
- life for you,
- your foot will not stumble;
- you will not be afraid;
- your sleep will be sweet.
- the Lord will be your confidence
- (The Lord) will keep your foot from being snared.
- (The Lord) takes the upright into his confidence.
- (The Lord) blesses your home.
- (The Lord) gives grace to you.
- (You) inherit honor
I don't know about you but wisdom is sounding better and better by the minute! I think I'll get me a great big crave case and munch on it throughout the day. :)