For length of a days, and long life, and
peace, shall they add to thee.
(a) Long life is the blessing of God which he
gives to his, so far as it is expedient for them.
3:3 Let not b
mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy c
neck; write them upon the table of thine d
(b) By mercy and truth he means the commandments
of the first and second table, or else the mercy and faithfulness that we
ought to use toward our neighbours.
(c) Keep them as a precious jewel.
(d) Have them ever in remembrance.
It shall be health to thy e navel, and
marrow to thy bones.
(e) By this part he comprehends the whole body,
as by health he means all the benefits promised in the law both corporal and
the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
(f) As was commanded in the law, (Exodus
26:2) and by this they acknowledged that God was the giver of all things,
and that they were ready to bestow all at his commandment.
3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and
thy presses shall g burst out with new
(g) For the faithful distributor God gives in
Length of days [is] in her right hand; h
[and] in her left hand riches and honour.
(h) Meaning, that he seeks wisdom, that is,
suffers himself to be governed by the Word of God, will have all prosperity
both corporal and spiritual.
3:18 She [is] a tree i
of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth
(i) Which brings forth such fruit that they who
eat of it have life and he alludes to the tree of life in paradise.
3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath k
founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
(k) By this he shows that this wisdom of which he
speaks is everlasting, because it was before all creatures and that all things
even the whole world were made by it.
3:25l Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither
of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
(l) For when God destroys the wicked he will save
his as he did Lot in Sodom.
3:27 Withhold not good from m
them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it].
(m) Not only from them to whom the possession
belongs but also you shall not keep it from them who have need of the use of
3:29 Devise not evil against
thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth n
securely by thee.
(n) That is, puts his trust in you.
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
(o) Do not wish to be like him.
3:32 For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD:
but his p secret [is] with the
(p) That is, his covenant and fatherly affection
which is hid and secret from the world.
3:34 Surely q
he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
(q) He will show by his plagues that their scorn
will turn to their own destruction, (Proverbs