Proverbs 22:4

4 Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Read Proverbs 22:4 Using Other Translations

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.
True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.

What does Proverbs 22:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 22:4

By humility [and] the fear of the Lord
Some render it, "the reward of humility, which [is] the fear of the Lord" F18; so the Targum; an humble man is blessed with it. Jarchi's note is,

``because of humility, the fear of the Lord comes;''
humility leads on to the fear of the Lord; he that behaves humbly towards man comes at length to fear the Lord, and be truly religious: though these are rather to be considered as the graces of the Spirit of God, which go together where there is one, there is the other; he that is humbled under a sense of sin, and his own unworthiness, fears the Lord; and he that fears the Lord, and his goodness, will walk humbly before him; they both flow from the grace of God, are very ornamental, and attended with the following happy consequences; [are] riches, and honour, and life;
spiritual riches, the riches of grace and glory; honour with God and men now, and everlasting life in the world to come.
FOOTNOTES:

F18 (hwhy tary hwne bqe) "praemium mansuetudinis, quae est reverentia Jehovae", Schultens; "merces humilitatis timor Domini", Baynus; "praemium humilitatis est timor Domini": Tigurine version; so Vatablus, Mercerus, Cocceius.
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