Proverbs 3: Reverence for God and His Infinite Wisdom

What do people typically have topmost on their minds?

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Proverbs 3:1–2 My child, remember my instruction. Let my commands be topmost on your mind, for they work for your good, to bring peace, prosperity, and prolonged life.
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Proverbs 3:1–2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Why is kindness and truth so valuable?

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Proverbs 3:3–4 Always value kindness and truth, worn like a gold chain around your neck or written on the tablet of your mind. Then you will be respected and able to please both God and people.
King James
Proverbs 3:3–4 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

What does it mean to trust God with our “whole being”?

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Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust God with your whole being, and don’t rely solely upon what you think is true. Let the Lord guide everything you do, and he will keep you on the right path.
King James
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.

How can we know what is best for us?

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Proverbs 3:7–8 Don’t think you can decide on your own what is best for you. Respect what the Lord says you should do, and refuse to do wrong, which will bring health to your body and strength to your bones.
King James
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.

What should Christians do if they feel like God is not blessing them?

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Proverbs 3:9–10 Honor God with whatever he has blessed you with, and give him your best. Then your barns will be filled, and your vats will overflow with fresh wine.
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Proverbs 3:9–10 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

What is the difference between discipline and punishment?

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Proverbs 3:11 My child, don’t despise the Lord’s discipline or get angry when he corrects you.
King James
Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

Why do people get angry with God?

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Proverbs 3:11 My child, don’t despise the Lord’s discipline or get angry when he corrects you.
King James
Proverbs 3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

How can we know that our hardships are a blessing and not a curse?

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Proverbs 3:12 God is like a loving father, correcting his children and allowing them to endure hard times, because he wants the best for them.
Romans 8:28 All those who love God and are working to fulfill his purpose should know that all things will work together for good.
King James
Proverbs 3:12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Which do you think people value more, wealth or wisdom? Why?

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Proverbs 3:13–15 Those who are wise, understanding what is right, will be blessed, for wisdom is worth more than silver and gold, more precious than jewels. Nothing else has so much value.
King James
Proverbs 3:13–15 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

What is the relationship between wisdom and wealth?

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Proverbs 3:16–17 Long life is in wisdom’s right hand, riches and respect in its left, bringing peace and pleasure.
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Proverbs 3:16–17 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

How does God’s wisdom compare to the “wisdom” of the world?

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Proverbs 3:18–19 Wisdom is a tree of life. Those who eat of its fruit will be blessed.
By his wisdom and knowledge, God created the earth below and the sky above.
King James
Proverbs 3:18–19 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

What does God’s creation say about his knowledge and wisdom?

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Proverbs 3:19–20 By his wisdom and knowledge, God created the earth below and the sky above. With his knowledge, lakes, seas, and rivers were divided, and the clouds rained upon the earth.
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Proverbs 3:19–20 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

How can we identify “sound knowledge and purpose”?

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Proverbs 3:21–23 My child, don’t let wisdom out of your sight. Rely on sound knowledge and purpose for a long and beautiful life, like a jeweled necklace worn proudly. Then you will safely walk your path without stumbling.
King James
Proverbs 3:21–23 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

Why do many Christians live in fear?

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Proverbs 3:24–26 Without fear, you will go to bed and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
You need not fear unexpected disasters or the kind of destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord will walk with you and keep you from going the wrong way.
King James
Proverbs 3:24–26 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

With so many needy people and our limited resources, how much should we sacrifice to help others?

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Proverbs 3:27–28 As best you can, care for those who need help. Don’t tell your neighbor to come back tomorrow, not when you can help today.
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Proverbs 3:27–28 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

What motivates people to take advantage of others? How is that desire changed?

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Proverbs 3:29–32 Don’t scheme to take advantage of your neighbor who trusts you.
Never accuse someone falsely when they have intended no harm.
Don’t be jealous or follow the ways of those who oppress others, for the Lord detests dishonest people, but he is a friend to the righteous.
King James
Proverbs 3:29–32 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

If God blesses the righteous and curses the wicked, why do the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer?

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Proverbs 3:33–34 God blesses the home of the righteous, but the wicked live under a curse. God scorns the scorners but favors the humble.
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Proverbs 3:33–34 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

What happens that honors the wise and shames the fools?

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Proverbs 3:35 Wise people are honored, but fools are shamed.
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Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.