Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO PROVERBS 3\\

In this chapter, Wisdom, or Christ, delivers out some fresh lessons and
instructions to his children; as not to forget his doctrine, but
heartily attend to his precepts and ordinances, seeing these are the
means of lengthening out their days, and of enjoying peace, \\#Pr 3:1,2\\;
as well as had the promise of the mercy and truth of God, and the
continuance of them, annexed to them; and therefore are exhorted to
keep close to them, and show the greatest value and affection for them,
which was the way to find favour with, and to be taken notice of by,
God and man, \\#Pr 3:3,4\\; and then he proceeds to exhort them to a
hearty trust in the Lord, without dependence on themselves; and to seek
direction from him in every step they took, which they might expect to
have, \\#Pr 3:5,6\\; to humility and the fear of God, and fleeing from
evil, which they would find would much contribute to their health,
\\#Pr 3:7,8\\; to liberality in supporting the worship of God, and the
interest of religion, which would turn to account and profit to them,
\\#Pr 3:9,10\\; to patience in bearing the chastisement of the Lord, as
coming from a loving father, \\#Pr 3:11,12\\; then follows a commendation
of wisdom, and the happiness of the man possessed of it is declared,
\\#Pr 3:13\\; from the profit, preciousness, pleasure, and usefulness of
it, \\#Pr 3:14-18\\; and from its concern in the works of creation and
providence, \\#Pr 3:19,20\\; and from that comfort, honour, safety, and
security, which come by the doctrines and instructions of Wisdom, and a
steady regard to them, \\#Pr 3:21-26\\; and the chapter is concluded with
exhortations to beneficence, charity, concord, and peace with
neighbours, \\#Pr 3:27-30\\; and to shun the ways of wicked men, urged from
the different state and condition of wicked men and fools, and of the
just, the lowly, and wise, \\#Pr 3:31-35\\.