Proverbs 3 - Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Bible Comments
  • Proverbs 3:3 open_in_new

    Mercy — Mercy denotes all benignity, charity, and readiness to do good to others: truth or faithfulness respects all those duties which we owe to God or man, which we have special obligation from the rules of justice. Bind them — Like a chain, wherewith persons adorn their necks. Table — In thy mind and heart, in which all God's commands are to be received and engraven.

  • Proverbs 3:4 open_in_new

    Understanding — Whereby to know thy duty, and to discern between good and evil. Of God — Grace or favour with God, and that understanding which is good in God's sight.

  • Proverbs 3:5 open_in_new

    Trust — Wholly rely upon God's promises and providences. Lean not — Under this one kind of carnal confidence, he understands all other confidence in bodily strength, wealth, or friends.

  • Proverbs 3:8 open_in_new

    Navel — To thy body, which is signified by one part of it. Marrow — Which is the nourishment and strength of the bones.

  • Proverbs 3:9 open_in_new

    Substance — Lay out thy estate not to please thyself, but to glorify God. First — fruits — Or, with the chief or best; which answers to the first — fruits under the law.

  • Proverbs 3:11 open_in_new

    Despise not — Either by making light of it, or not being duly affected with it; or by accounting it an unnecessary thing: but rather esteem it a privilege and favour from God. Weary — Neither think it tedious or hard, but endure it with patience and chearfulness.

  • Proverbs 3:18 open_in_new

    A tree — A pledge of everlasting life. He alludes to the tree of life, and intimates, that this is the only restorer of that life which we have lost by sin.

  • Proverbs 3:19 open_in_new

    Wisdom — Either by Christ, or by that Divine perfection of wisdom, which is the fountain of wisdom in man.

  • Proverbs 3:20 open_in_new

    The depths — That great abyss contained in the bowels of the earth, breaks forth into fountains and rivers.

  • Proverbs 3:25 open_in_new

    Be not — Thou shalt not be afraid. Sudden — For sudden and unexpected evils are most frightful. And fear is here put for the evils feared. Desolation — Which cometh upon the wicked.

  • Proverbs 3:27 open_in_new

    With — hold not — Do not deny it, but readily and chearfuly impart it. Good — Any thing which is good, either counsel, comfort, reproof, or the good things of the present life. Due — That is, to all men, by that great and sovereign law of love.

  • Proverbs 3:32 open_in_new

    Abomination — Therefore sooner or later he must be miserable. The righteous — They are God's friends, to whom he imparts the favours and comforts to which other men are strangers.