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Proverbs 3:7-8

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Proverbs 3:7-8 "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."


In this third chapter of Proverbs, verses seven and eight are typically overshadowed by verses five and six.It is unfortunate when these four verses are broken up because they belong together and are so closely linked. In fact, verses seven and eight are best understood when keeping them connected to their sister verses in the text.
Early in this chapter, Solomon is emphasizing the physical benefits of following his father’s instruction.As has been mentioned, this principle had its foundation in the Fifth Commandment of the Jewish Law.As a part of following his father’s instruction, Rehoboam would have the opportunity to reap the benefits of truth - something he shouldn’t take for granted given the deceitfulness of the human heart beating in a world of deception.If he cherished truth along with mercy, Solomon’s son was told that he woul…

Proverbs 3:5-6

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Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."



Proverbs 3:5-6 should never be separated.  They belong together like peas and carrots.  Like a man and a woman in marriage, they give each other purpose.  On their own, they offer sound advice.  However, when combined, these two verses form one harmonious voice that heralds some of the greatest counsel Scripture has to offer. 
These paired verses offer two approaches to life: lean on ourselves OR lean on God.We can lean on ourselves OR we can lean on God but we cannot do both. If we lean on our intellect and abilities, then we have no need to acknowledge God.This is the definition of self-sufficiency.If we have no need to acknowledge God, then we will obviously have no need to trust God.On the flip side, if we don’t trust ourselves, then we will have a sincere need for God.If we have a need for God, then we will ac…