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Proverbs Chapter 3

Proverbs 3:2
3:2 For length of {a} days, and long life, and peace, shall they
    add to thee.

    (a) Long life is the blessing of God which he gives to his,
        so far as it is expedient for them.

Proverbs 3:3
3:3 Let not {b} mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about
    thy {c} neck; write them upon the table of thine {d} heart:

    (b) By mercy and truth he means the commandments of the
        first and second table, or else the mercy and
        faithfulness that we ought to use toward our neighbours.
    (c) Keep them as a precious jewel.
    (d) Have them ever in remembrance.

Proverbs 3:8
3:8 It shall be health to thy {e} navel, and marrow to thy
    bones.

    (e) By this part he comprehends the whole body, as by health
        he means all the benefits promised in the law both
        corporal and spiritual.

Proverbs 3:9
3:9 {f} Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the
    firstfruits of all thine increase:

    (f) As was commanded in the law, Exodus 23:19, Deuteronomy 26:2 and
        by this they acknowledged that God was the giver of all
        things, and that they were ready to bestow all at his
        commandment.

Proverbs 3:10
3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses
     shall {g} burst out with new wine.

     (g) For the faithful distributor God gives in greater
         abundance.

Proverbs 3:16
3:16 Length of days [is] in her right hand; {h} [and] in her
     left hand riches and honour.

     (h) Meaning, that he seeks wisdom, that is, suffers himself
         to be governed by the Word of God, will have all
         prosperity both corporal and spiritual.

Proverbs 3:18
3:18 She [is] a tree {i} of life to them that lay hold upon her:
     and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.

     (i) Which brings forth such fruit that they who eat of it
         have life and he alludes to the tree of life in
         paradise.

Proverbs 3:19
3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath {k} founded the earth; by
     understanding hath he established the heavens.

     (k) By this he shows that this wisdom of which he speaks is
         everlasting, because it was before all creatures and
         that all things even the whole world were made by it.

Proverbs 3:25
3:25 {l} Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation
     of the wicked, when it cometh.

     (l) For when God destroys the wicked he will save his as he
         did Lot in Sodom.

Proverbs 3:27
3:27 Withhold not good from {m} them to whom it is due, when it
     is in the power of thine hand to do [it].

     (m) Not only from them to whom the possession belongs but
         also you shall not keep it from them who have need of
         the use of it.

Proverbs 3:29
3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth
     {n} securely by thee.

     (n) That is, puts his trust in you.

Proverbs 3:31
3:31 {o} Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his
     ways.

     (o) Do not wish to be like him.

Proverbs 3:32
3:32 For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his {p}
     secret [is] with the righteous.

     (p) That is, his covenant and fatherly affection which is
         hid and secret from the world.

Proverbs 3:34
3:34 Surely {q} he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace
     unto the lowly.

     (q) He will show by his plagues that their scorn will turn
         to their own destruction, Proverbs 1:26.



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