Proverbs 3:4

4 Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.

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 They'll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well.
3 Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart.
4 Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.
5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own.
6 Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.
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