(Prov 3:1 NASB) My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments;
Prov 3:1: The Hebrew term for “teaching” here is Torah. He tells His people to not forget His Torah (Psalm 119:93, 153, 176, Prov. 6:20-23). Hosea tells us that the people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Paul told us that in the law is the embodiment of knowledge (Romans 2:20).
(Prov 3:2 NASB) For length of days and years of life, And peace they will add to you.
Prov 3:2: Elohim tells us His Torah will add days and years to our life (Prov. 9:10-11, Psalm 37:3-6, Psalm 128, Eph. 6:1-3, 1 Tim. 4:8).
(Prov 3:3 NASB) Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Prov 3:3: We are to have kindness and truth bound around our neck and written on our heart. The Hebrew word for truth is emeth and it means faithfulness.
Truth – H571. emeth, [54a]; from H539; firmness, faithfulness, truth:– correctly(m)(1), faith(1), faithful(2), faithfully(6), faithfulness(10), lasting(1), right(1), true(18), truly(4), truth(80), True(1), truthful(2).
We are to have kindness and truth (faithfulness) bound around our neck and written on our hearts (Ex. 13:9, Deut. 11:18-20) We are told specifically that His ways are lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness) to those who keep His Torah (Psalm 25:10).
(Prov 3:4 NASB) So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.
Prov 3:4: If we bind lovingkindness and truth on our hearts and minds, we will find favor in the sight of Elohim and man (Josh 1:7-8). Yeshua said that we are to seek the glory of Elohim through the Words of Moses (John 5:44-47).
(Prov 3:5 NASB) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.
Prov 3:5: We are reminded in Jeremiah that we are to trust in Elohim and not on our own hearts (Jer. 17:7-9). Elohim also tells us in Jeremiah not to boast of our ourselves, but to boast about knowing Him (Jer. 9:23-24).
(Prov 3:6 NASB) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Prov 3:6: Elohim leads us in the way we should go (Isa. 48:17-18).
(Prov 3:7 NASB) Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
(Prov 3:8 NASB) It will be healing to your body, And refreshment to your bones.
Prov 3:8: If man follows His Torah, it will be healing to his body (Jer. 33:6-8).
(Prov 3:9 NASB) Honor the LORD from your wealth, And from the first of all your produce;
(Prov 3:10 NASB) So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Prov 3:10: We do not honor Elohim by giving one tenth of our money to churches for preachers to have big salaries for entertaining congregations for a couple hours a week.
Torah commands us to honor Elohim from our wealth and from the first of all our produce (Ex. 22:29-30, 23:19). Since there is not Tabernacle or Temple to present these things to Him, we are to care for others with our offerings (Luke 14:12-14).
When we do so, Elohim will provide for us (Lev. 26:2-5, Deut. 28:8-10).
(Prov 3:11 NASB) My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD, Or loathe His reproof,
(Prov 3:12 NASB) For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights.
Prov 3:12: Elohim will reprove and discipline those whom He loves (Deut. 8:5-6).
(Prov 3:13 NASB) How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding.
(Prov 3:14 NASB) For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold.
(Prov 3:15 NASB) She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.
Prov 3:15: The profit we gain from wisdom and understanding cannot be matched (Psalm 119:72, 111, 162).
(Prov 3:16 NASB) Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
(Prov 3:17 NASB) Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace.
(Prov 3:18 NASB) She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
Prov 3:18: Wisdom is a tree of life to those who take hold of her.
(Prov 3:19 NASB) The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens.
(Prov 3:20 NASB) By His knowledge the deeps were broken up, And the skies drip with dew.
Prov 3:20: By His wisdom and understanding, Elohim created all things (Psalm 104:24, Jer. 10:12).
(Prov 3:21 NASB) My son, let them not depart from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
(Prov 3:22 NASB) So they will be life to your soul, And adornment to your neck.
(Prov 3:23 NASB) Then you will walk in your way securely, And your foot will not stumble.
(Prov 3:24 NASB) When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
(Prov 3:25 NASB) Do not be afraid of sudden fear, Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
Prov 3:25: With wisdom, we can walk safely and securely (Psalm 27:1-3, 46:1-3).
(Prov 3:26 NASB) For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
(Prov 3:27 NASB) Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.
(Prov 3:28 NASB) Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.
Prov 3:28: Torah commands us to treat our neighbor properly (Lev. 19:13, Deut. 24:12-15).
(Prov 3:29 NASB) Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives in security beside you.
(Prov 3:30 NASB) Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.
Prov 3:30: Do not contend with someone for no cause (Psalm 55:20-22, Micah 2:1-3).
(Prov 3:31 NASB) Do not envy a man of violence, And do not choose any of his ways.
(Prov 3:32 NASB) For the crooked man is an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.
(Prov 3:33 NASB) The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
(Prov 3:34 NASB) Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted.
(Prov 3:35 NASB) The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.
Prov 3:35: This chapter closes with contrasts of the wise man and the wicked and foolish.
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