Proverbs 3:7-12; Health, Financial Increase

Consecration to God. Proverbs 3:7-12 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.   8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.   9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:   10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.   11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his Continue Reading

Proverbs 3:1-6; Length of Days, Long Life

Proverbs Chapter 3 This chapter is one of the most excellent in all this book, both for argument to persuade us to be religious and for directions therein. I. We must be constant to our duty because that is the way to be happy, ver. 1-4. II. We must live a life of dependence upon God because that is the way to be safe, ver. 5. III. We must keep up the fear of God because that is the way to be healthful, ver. 7, 8. IV. We must serve God with Continue Reading

The Poor Oppresses The Poor

Proverbs 28:3-5 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. See here, 1. How hard-hearted poor people frequently are to one another, not only not doing such good offices as they might do one to another, but imposing upon and over-reaching one another. Those who know by experience the miseries of poverty should be compassionate to those who suffer the like, but they are inexcusably barbarous if they Continue Reading

Proverbs 10:10-22 The Benefits Conferred by Wisdom

Proverbs 2:10-22 10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;   11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:   12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;   13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;   14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;   15 Whose ways are crooked, and they Continue Reading

Proverbs 2:1-9 The Search after Wisdom Encouraged

Proverbs Chapter 2 Solomon, having foretold the destruction of those who are obstinate in their impiety, in this chapter applies himself to those who are willing to be taught; and, I. He shows them that, if they would diligently use the means of knowledge and grace, they should obtain of God the knowledge and grace which they seek, ver. 1-9. II. He shows them of what unspeakable advantage it would be to them. 1. It would preserve them from the Continue Reading

Proverbs 1:20-33 Doom of Obdurate Sinners

Proverbs 1:20-33 20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:   21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?   23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.   24 Continue Reading

Proverbs 1:10-19 Parental Admonitions (Part 2)

Proverbs 1:10-19 10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son, walk not thou in the Continue Reading

Proverbs 1:7-9 Parental Admonitions (Part 1)

Proverbs 1:7-9 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Solomon, having undertaken to teach a young man knowledge and discretion, here lays down two general rules to be observed in order thereunto, and those are, to Continue Reading

Proverbs 1:1-6 The Design of Proverbs

Proverbs Chapter 1 Those who read David's psalms, especially those towards the latter end, would be tempted to think that religion is all rapture and consists in nothing but the ecstasies and transports of devotion; and doubtless there is a time for them, and if there be a heaven upon earth it is in them: but, while we are on earth, we cannot be wholly taken up with them; we have a life to live in the flesh, must have a conversation in the Continue Reading