This image is used of John the Baptist’s role in relation to the coming of Jesus:  “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Only one word can we utter in presence of such a case: “Nothing is impossible with God.” Having uttered it, we pass on with a sigh. 14:8; Prov. AND DO NOT LEAN ON (expresses attitude of trust) YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING: Don't trust yourself...your unrenewed fleshly thinking is still just that = fleshly. Christian industrialist R.G. 8:2, Gal. These exhaust the options available to man. The peace offering was one of. “Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” We must not suppose from this that the trouble which a man endures on earth is the mark and measure of God’s love. God sees everything you do Robert, eight years his junior, had a tremendous admiration for David. 1:10); "To the law and to the testimony" (Isa. What God desires to see in man, he showed to man. 10:30. 12:15). We must be walking on the highway of holiness. “Fear and sin not:” the providence of God gives terrible momentum to that sharp word. 2:14). 1 Ti. (Ps 27:11). When he returned home, the texts on his doorposts cross-examined him: "Where have you been? Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. That method was honourable to the individual, and safe to society; but in our day an unfair and unsafe standard of estimating men has been surreptitiously foisted upon the community. What may be in store for the earth and man in the future we know not; there may be a time when the globe shall be smooth like an ivory ball, but then there must be no more sea: and if ever there come a time when all men shall be and abide equal, it must be that time when there shall be no more sea of sin to overflow them. Be in the habit of going to him in the first place before self-will, self-pleasing (See the awful hypocrisy, and judgment of asking counsel of God under this deadly influence. Christ, set in the firmament of revelation, pours his beams of love upon the lost, and thereby wins them out from their impurity, and upward unto himself. Very quickly, my parents, my sister, and I climbed down the wooden ladder into the storm cellar behind our house where we stayed until the storm passed by. Solomon understood that struggle. Are there no careful calculations, no instinctive longings, no vivid imaginings, as to its condition and progress? So I set out across the lake on a straight course (I thought) toward the dock. The love of power is a ruling passion: and the slave of his own will enjoys a brutish pleasure in tyranny. and R.V. 3:3) Man with all his pride feels that he wants something to lean to. Proverbs 3:6, ESV: "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." The Hebrews had an alphabet. We need every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God to live upon. It seems to be the purpose of God in the present dispensation to do good to his creatures, by the inequality of their condition. 5:3, 4. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This chapter is one of the most excellent in all this book, both for argument to persuade us to be religious and for directions therein. Yet be not afraid. (Proverbs 17:23)  A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice. Try to find principles that apply If the practice be an index of what passes within, we must conclude that man to be wholly destitute of love, who can wilfully hurt those whom he is required to love as himself. They see what a religious man lets go; but they do not see in that other region the worth of the equivalent which a religious man gets; for it is spiritually discerned, and they are not spiritual. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain” (Is.40:3-4). The wicked, a whole worldful, lie outspread beneath his eye, “like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest” (Isa. 14:22. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 30:20; Prov. Ps. The one is an abomination. When the Lord indicates a “stop” or a “change of lanes” or a “wait,” we should gladly obey. “Trust in the Lord at all times; pour ye out your hearts before him.”. The knowledge of God comes through His Word. It is not the impotent wishing of ill. Could we trace its deadly work, we should see the man wasting, withering, consuming under it. 1:8; 4:5; 31:5. Proverbs 4:22. Proverbs 3:2 "For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee." Je. We may ignore the warning, but we do so to our own detriment (Isa. (Ep.4:18). 15:9; Prov. ? B. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. 1:15; Hag. 16:6; Prov. 28:8. Only let us carefully prove our motives, that we beware of bye-ends and selfish principles; that we honor the Lord, not ourselves. Obviously we can read the word, but an even more profitable way to "write" the Word on our heart is to memorize it! See the short sketch of Robert Murray McCheyne below, a man who died at 29 but whose spiritual impact has rippled through the ages! The principle of the firstfruits is one of God’s greatest laws. 48:17, 18, with Isa 30:21.) The beginning chapters are a father’s encouragement to his son. To “make . You may, when you like, say, “Lord, I trust in Thee,” but to make the just Judge his confidence, does not lie in the power of a sinner’s will. William Arnot - FAITH is not fear, and fear is not faith. There are 2 literal uses of kabad describing Eli as heavy (1Sa 4:18) and Absalom's hair as heavy (2Sa 14:26). 26:6. George Lawson - Proverbs 3:34.Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted. Often is it the sickness of the body: always of the soul. Proverbs 3:25  Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; KJV Proverbs 3:25  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. It's not as though we are breaking a moral law." But, alas, where is that place? 23:19; Prov. The navel is a useful part of the body, being a sort of ligament to knit the bowels together;—the bones are the strength and fence of the body. So we may make God’s will our choice. We must pass on, and leave him. Each is equally fruitful in opportunity of honoring the Lord; in prosperity—by the full consecration of our substance; in adversity—by a humble and cheerful submission to his dispensations. 26:13; Prov. Instead of despising—reverence—the chastening of the Lord. He wants us to partake of His holiness so we can partake of His happiness. (Psalm 25:4)  Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Not till then - how much I owe. (1-6) To piety, and to improve afflictions. If God has a child in a family, he will have many an errand there. When you behold the magnificent structures in which sinners dwell, let not your thoughts be lost in wonder, or your hearts rankle with envy. Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. It is the trust of the heart—of all the heart. Yet nothing can make wisdom’s ways palatable to a carnal mind. Charles Bridges - 29. God, the ruler of the universe, permits suffering to fall on all men indiscriminately: but the God of mercy stands by to make the suffering love’s instrument in training every dear child. David from inattention to wisdom’s words “well nigh slipped.”10 Peter from the same neglect fearfully stumbled. GODLY FEAR MANIFEST ITSELF IN ACTION THAT PLEASES GOD: [Ge 22:12] "for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me. All around us, sin is withering the bloom of youth, and wasting manhood’s strength—is shrivelling the skin upon the surface, and drying up the marrow in the heart of the bones. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine … In it he again recommends wisdom to our esteem and pursuit, Proverbs 2:13–26. Happily, understanding as a moral or religious entity can be acquired (Pr 4:5, 7) and even increased (Isa. He refuses to look up to the higher links of the chain; he refuses to make it the occasion of communion with God. But that is when we must choose to see the end result BY FAITH (1Pe1:7). Mercy (Lovingkindness) (02617) (Hesed/Chesed/Heced See detailed study on hesed/chesed/heced) is the idea of faithful love in action and often in the OT refers to God's lovingkindness expressed in His covenant relationship with Israel (His "loyal love" to His "Wife" Israel [cp Hos 2:18, 19, 20-see note, Is 54:5, Je 31:32] = His "loyalty to covenant"). 10:23. (Jer. If He cannot be trusted with all, He cannot be trusted at all. 10:1 and 25:1. 1:79. We must not even contend with our neighbours by hard words, when they have done nothing to provoke us; otherwise we are volunteers in the devil’s service, sinning without putting him to the trouble of tempting us. 2. 1:8; 6:20) and wise persons (Pr 13:14; 28:4) were major sources of instruction for life. Her repetitions are not “vain repetitions;” but well fitted to impress upon youth the weight of her instructions. He. 27:11). It means to look in the eye. In distress they are fain to lean on the Almighty. Leaning on the everlasting arms; But pride will lift up the head, stiff and unbending: many a stroke does it require to bring it down. A graphic picture of leaning on someone for help who is the wrong source is Judah trusting in and leaning on Egypt like a staff and having it break like a reed and hurt them (Ezek. Beyond this, however, the word conveys a sense of acceptance or preference in a more general manner as well, such as the enticement of a woman (Pr. Lu. 119:11. shalt. Whatever corrections the children of God suffer, they are still happy, and it is our duty to believe them so. Its crippling power will grow. 11:17; Prov. That is what we do when we lean on our own understanding rather than humbling ourselves and leaning on God's perfect understanding! The chains have sunk into his flesh. All things are now ready. (Gen. 1:26, Col. NET Note - Heb “your navel” (cf. 23:12; Prov. 32:17; 57:19–21. With his lawn mower tipped on its side, Eugene struggled to remove the blade so he could sharpen it. It is trust … with all your heart. (Comp. God's chastening ALWAYS flows from His loving heart! Ekklino was used in a secular writing advising staying clear of prickly shrubs! “My son.” The Spirit in Paul recognised this as a mark of God’s paternal tenderness, and used it as a ground of glad encouragement to desponding believers. Not only was it one of the most painful and excruciating means of execution invented by the Romans, but for our Lord it would mean taking the sins of the world upon Himself. And we can also learn from him how to face a daunting future with confident hope in the Lord. KJV Proverbs 3:10  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. Proverbs 3:17  Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. (John 10:10)… shalom… is the gift of precious well-being… it is the establishment of a lasting, righteous, good. A lowly spirit—a deep conviction of utter nothingness and guilt—is a most adorning grace. And doubt not, but he will affix his own seal—“Them that honor me, I will honor.” (1 Sa 2:30. Seek to avoid the necessity of chastening As such it would be particularly potent.’” But there is a principle here - Even more wine would be collected from the grapes when they were pressed. It flies to God, not from him. Is. Whereas one must know several hundred signs to read Akkadian and also a large number to read Egyptian, the Hebrews only had to learn twenty-two. Why? Proverbs 3:29  Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. 4:4; Prov. 5:16-25). In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths." Comp. He “esteemed it as a treasure—greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.” Never do we so enjoy the comfort of our principles as when we are making a sacrifice for them. They favour righteousness and frown on sin. Such is God’s government, that you cannot live in sin, any more than in smallpox or the plague, without involving others in the danger. Men despise them, when they do not value them as necessary and useful. Ga. 6:10. Guzik - The Hebrew word is shalom, which is more than the cessation of hostility - it is God’s word for wholeness and goodness and total satisfaction in life. Lu. Does not the manifestation of these Divine Perfections in the field of Creation open a rich provision for our happiness? POSB - when we honor God by giving Him the first and best, He will do for us what only He can do. There is no hardship in this; the commandment is holy and just and good. 21:2; Prov. Give these - and give the Spirit's genial shower, Live without God in the sight of man that Jehovah is peace… the idea that matter. —To his own will enjoys a brutish pleasure in tyranny song of praise observe remarkably. 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