Proverbs 3:13-23

Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom

13 1Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,
14 2for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than 3gold.
15 She is more precious than 4jewels, and 5nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 6Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are 7riches and honor.
17 Her 8ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is 9a tree of life to those who 10lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 11The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding 12he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge 13the deeps broke open, and 14the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, 15do not lose sight of these-- keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be 16life for your soul and 17adornment for your neck.
23 18Then you will walk on your way securely, 19and your foot will not stumble.

Proverbs 3:13-23 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 19

  • 1. Proverbs 8:34, 35
  • 2. See Job 28:15-19
  • 3. Proverbs 8:10, 19; Proverbs 16:16; Psalms 19:10
  • 4. Job 28:18
  • 5. Proverbs 8:11
  • 6. ver. 2
  • 7. Proverbs 8:18; Proverbs 22:4
  • 8. [Matthew 11:29, 30]
  • 9. Proverbs 11:30; Proverbs 13:12; Proverbs 15:4; Genesis 2:9; Genesis 3:22; Revelation 2:7; Revelation 22:2
  • 10. Proverbs 4:13
  • 11. Proverbs 8:27; Psalms 104:5, 24; Psalms 136:5
  • 12. Proverbs 8:27; Psalms 104:5, 24; Psalms 136:5
  • 13. Genesis 7:11; [Job 38:8]
  • 14. Job 36:28
  • 15. Proverbs 4:21
  • 16. See Proverbs 4:22
  • 17. [Proverbs 1:9]
  • 18. Proverbs 10:9; [Proverbs 28:18; Psalms 91:11]
  • 19. Proverbs 4:12; Psalms 91:12
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