Proverbs 3:19

19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established[a] the heavens.

Proverbs 3:19 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 3:19

The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth
He has created all things, and made the world by his Son, the Wisdom of God, ( Ephesians 3:9 ) ( Hebrews 1:2 ) ; not using him as an instrument; but, he being an efficient cause with him, to him, as to the first cause, the creation of all things is ascribed, ( John 1:1-3 ) ( Colossians 1:16 ) ; and particularly the laying the foundation of the earth, ( Hebrews 1:10 ) ; and though this is true of the divine perfection of wisdom, ( Jeremiah 10:12 ) ; yet from the context it appears best to understand it of the essential Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus; the Jerusalem Targum of ( Genesis 1:1 ) ; is, "by wisdom God created", &c. and this serves greatly to set forth the dignity and excellency of Wisdom, or Christ, and so the happiness of that man that finds him; with this the account of him is closed and crowned; by understanding hath he established the heavens:
or prepared, adorned, and beautified them, by placing the luminaries in them, and directing their station, motion, and influence; the making of the heavens, with all the host of them, is ascribed to the essential Word or Wisdom of God, ( Psalms 33:6 ) .

Proverbs 3:19 In-Context

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. established: or, prepared
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