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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Proverbs 3

Verses 1-35

As the former address had to do with the search for wisdom, this, in view of the value of if is an appeal to cultivate wisdom. The appeal consists of a declaration of its essence (verses Pro 3:1-10 ), a description of its excellence (verses Pro 3:11-20 ), and a declaration of the safety which it brings (verses Pro 3:21-35 ).

The essence of wisdom consists in a determined devotion to the things of wisdom. The inspiration of this is next described as life lived in relation to Jehovah. Perfect trust in Him, perpetual dependence on Him, and worshipful devotion expressed in actual giving, these are of the very essence of wisdom and are to be expressed in the devotion already referred to. No wealth is equal to such wisdom, and the very chastenings of God are precious as they are conducive to gaining it. The excellence of wisdom is proven by the pleasantness and peace it brings to man, and by the fact that Jehovah's works are wrought by it. The safety of the soul who keeps wisdom is seen in absence of stumbling and of fear, in the attitude of beneficence to the needy; in absence of envy of the evil; and in abiding blessedness in the secret, the blessing, the grace, and the glory of Jehovah.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Proverbs 3". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.