Proverbs 3:4

4 So shalt thou find favour and good[a] understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:4 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 3:4

So shall thou find favour
Or "grace" F9; the grace of God, and larger measures of it; as Noah did, ( Genesis 6:8 ) ; which are communicated to men when in the way of their duty: or good will, esteem, and respect, among men; as Joseph had with Potiphar, and the keeper of the prison, ( Genesis 39:4 Genesis 39:21 ) ; and good understanding in the sight of God and man;
as Christ, as man, had in the sight of both, ( Luke 2:52 ) ; that is, to be taken notice of, regarded, and approved by both. Some render it "good success" F11; prosperity in things temporal and spiritual; see ( Psalms 111:10 ) . There is something lovely, and of good report, in a close attention to the doctrines and duties of religion; which make a man amiable in the sight of others, and which is followed with a blessing from the Lord.


F9 (Nx) "gratiam", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version
F11 (bwj lkv) "successum optimum", Junius & Tremellius.

Proverbs 3:4 In-Context

2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. good...: or, good success
The King James Version is in the public domain.