Proverbs 1:3

3 To 1receive instruction in wise behavior, 2Righteousness, justice and equity;

Proverbs 1:3 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:3

To receive the instruction of wisdom
Or "prudence" F8; of wise and prudent men; and especially of Christ himself, who bears those names, whose instructions this book is full of; and the design of which is to engage the attention of men to them, and prevail upon them to receive them, and act conformably to them. Which instructions respect the following things; and which are added by way of illustration and amplification, viz.

justice, and judgment, and equity;
that which is just in itself, and according to the nature of God and his will; and is judged so by right reason; and is equitable between man and man, and agrees with the law of God. These three, R. Levi Ben Gersom says, signify one and the same thing; true righteousness, doing that which is just to God and man; which the doctrines of grace, or the instructions of wisdom, teach men to do; concerning which many rules may be collected from this book.


F8 (lkvh) "prudentiae", Munster, Vatablus.

Proverbs 1:3 In-Context

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,
3 To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;
4 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 2:1; Proverbs 19:20
  • 2. Proverbs 2:9
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