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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Proverbs 3:16


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    King James Bible - Proverbs 3:16

    Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

    World English Bible

    Length of days is in her right
    hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.

    Douay-Rheims - Proverbs 3:16

    Length of days is in her right
    hand, and in her left hand riches and glory.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Length of days is in her right
    hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.

    Original Hebrew

    ארך
    753 ימים 3117 בימינה 3225 בשׂמאולה 8040 עשׁר 6239 וכבוד׃ 3519

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    VERSE (16) -
    :2; 4:10 Ps 21:4; 71:9 1Ti 4:8

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:16

    Largura de días trae en su mano derecha; en su izquierda riquezas y honra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Proverbs 3:16

    Verse 16. Length of days is in her right
    hand ] A wicked man shortens his days by excesses; a righteous man prolongs his by temperance.

    In her left hand riches and honour. ] That is, her hands are full of the choicest benefits. There is nothing to be understood here by the right hand in preference to the left.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 16. Length of days [is] in her right hand , etc.] Wisdom is here represented as a queen, as indeed she is above all kings and queens; (see Proverbs 8:15,16,18); holding in one hand, instead of a sceptre, “length of days”; and in the other, instead of a globe, riches and honour: the allusion is thought by some on this clause to be to an ancient custom of numbering things, and the ages of men, by the hand and fingers, beginning with the left hand, and when they came to a hundred went to the right f72 ; so that in that might be truly said to be “length of days”, few arriving to that number: or rather the reference is to what Solomon received of the Lord, who, asking wisdom, had not that only, but a long life, and riches and honour; see ( 1 Kings 3:11-14). Some think that only temporal blessings are here meant, and, because health and long life are preferable to wealth and honour, the former are said to be in the right hand, and the latter in the left; but seeing in the preceding verses the advantages of wisdom are superior to silver, gold, and precious stones, it can hardly be thought that she should be represented as only having temporal blessings in her hands to bestow on her followers. Others are of opinion that spiritual and eternal blessings are the right hand ones, being the principal; and temporal blessings are the left hand ones, as being the less valuable, ( Matthew 6:33); but to me they seem all of one sort, all spiritual and eternal ones, even those of the left hand, by comparing this passage with ( Proverbs 8:18). By “length of days” is meant “length of days for ever and ever”, ( Psalm 21:4); or eternal life, a life of vision or enjoyment of God; a life of perfect knowledge, holiness, and pleasure; being free from all the imperfections, difficulties, and distresses of the present one, and which will last for ever; this is in the hand of Christ, not the promise and grant of it only, but the thing itself, in consequence of his asking it of his Father: and which he has in a covenant way, and so has a right and power to bestow it: and it being in his hands shows both the valuableness and the security and safety of it; and also that it is to be had from him, and is in his gift, and in no other; and is a pure gift of his grace; wherefore happy is the man that finds Wisdom, or Christ, since he finds and has eternal life in him; [and] in her left hand riches and honour ; by “riches” are meant not temporal riches, for these are not always to the wise, nor to the children of Wisdom, nor of Christ; and all that have these are not happy, nor are they durable: but spiritual riches are intended, the riches of grace; of pardoning, justifying, and sanctifying grace, and of all supplies of grace; and also the riches of glory, which are solid and satisfying, immense and unsearchable, lasting and durable: and by “honour” is designed not the honour which comes from men, or the honour of this world; for such who find Christ, and are possessed of him, and profess him, have but a small share of this, being, generally speaking, accounted the faith and offscouring of the world; but yet they are the children of God, and so have that name which is better than to be the sons and daughters of the greatest monarch; they are the spouse of Christ, and so his queen that stands at his right hand in gold of Ophir; they are made kings and priests unto God, and shall reign with Christ for evermore; this honour have all the saints, and is what is in the hands of Christ to give, and does give, to all that believe in him: or “glory” f73 , as the word signifies; the glory of God, eternal glory; this as well as grace is Christ’s gift, ( Psalm 84:11).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 13-20 - No precious
    jewels or earthly treasures are worthy to be compared with true wisdom, whether the concerns of time or eternity be considered. We must make wisdom our business; we must venture all in it, and be willing to part with all for it. This Wisdom is the Lord Jesus Chris and his salvation, sought and obtained by faith and prayer. Were it no for unbelief, remaining sinfulness, and carelessness, we should fin all our ways pleasantness, and our paths peace, for his are so; but we too often step aside from them, to our own hurt and grief. Christ is that Wisdom, by whom the worlds were made, and still are in being happy are those to whom he is made of God wisdom. He has wherewithal to make good all his promises.


    Original Hebrew

    ארך 753 ימים 3117 בימינה 3225 בשׂמאולה 8040 עשׁר 6239 וכבוד׃ 3519


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