Proverbs 29:3

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Read Proverbs 29:3 Using Other Translations

Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.

What does Proverbs 29:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 29:3

Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father
He that is a philosopher, especially a religious one, that not only loves and seeks after natural wisdom, but moral wisdom and knowledge; and more particularly evangelical wisdom, Christ the Wisdom of God, who is to be valued and loved above all things; the Gospel of Christ, which is the wisdom of God in a mystery; and the knowledge of it which is the wisdom which comes from above and is pure and peaceable; and which lies much in the fear of God, and in the faith of Jesus Christ, attended with all the fruits of righteousness: such a son makes glad his father, both because of his temporal good, since he does not waste but improve the substance he has given him; and because of his spiritual and eternal welfare; and since instead of being a reproach he is an honour to him; see ( Proverbs 10:1 ) ; but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth [his] substance:
his father has given him, and comes to want and beggary; all which is a grief to his parents: or, "that feeds harlots" F9; who live in a riotous and voluptuous manner, and soon drain a man of his substance, and bring him to a morsel of bread; see ( Luke 15:13 Luke 15:14 Luke 15:30 ) ( Proverbs 6:26 ) ; and such a son grieves his father, seeing he spends his substance and damns his soul.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (her) "nutrit", V. L. "pascit", Pagninus, Piscator, Gejerus, Schultens; "pascitur", Michaelis; "pascens", Montanus, Mercerus.
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