Proverbs 3:4
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English Standard Version
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

King James Bible
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

American Standard Version
So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt And grace and good understanding before God and men.

English Revised Version
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Webster's Bible Translation
So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:4 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

With למען there commences a new section, coordinating itself with the להצּילך ("to deliver thee") of Proverbs 2:12, Proverbs 2:16, unfolding that which wisdom accomplishes as a preserver and guide:

20 So that thou walkest in the good way,

     And keepest the right paths.

21 For the upright shall inhabit the land,

     And the innocent shall remain in it.

22 But the godless are cut off out the land,

     And the faithless are rooted out of it.

Wisdom - thus the connection - will keep thee, so that thou shalt not fall under the seductions of man or of woman; keep, in order that thou... למען (from מען equals מענה, tendency, purpose) refers to the intention and object of the protecting wisdom. To the two negative designations of design there follows, as the third and last, a positive one. טובים (contrast to רעים, Proverbs 14:19) is here used in a general ethical sense: the good (Guten, not Gtigen, the kind). שׁמר, with the object of the way, may in another connection also mean to keep oneself from, cavere ab (Psalm 17:4); here it means: carefully to keep in it. The promise of Proverbs 2:21 is the same as in the Mashal Psalm 37:9, Psalm 37:11, Psalm 37:22; cf. Proverbs 10:30. ארץ is Canaan, or the land which God promised to the patriarchs, and in which He planted Israel, whom He had brought out of Egypt; not the earth, as Matthew 5:5, according to the extended, unlimited N.T. circle of vision. יוּתרוּ (Milel) is erroneously explained by Schultens: funiculis bene firmis irroborabunt in terra. The verb יתר, Arab. watar, signifies to yoke (whence יתר, a cord, rope), then intrans. to be stretched out in length, to be hanging over (vid., Fleischer on Job 30:11); whence יתר, residue, Zephaniah 2:9, and after which the lxx here renders ὑπολειφθήσονται, and Jerome permanebunt. In 22b the old translators render יסּחוּ as the fut. of the pass. נסּח, Deuteronomy 28:63; but in this case it would be ינּסחוּ. The form יסּחוּ, pointed יסּחוּ, might be the Niph. of סחח, but סחח can neither be taken as one with נסח, of the same meaning, nor with Hitzig is it to be vocalized יסּחוּ (Hoph. of נסח); nor, with Bttcher (1100, p. 453), is יסּחוּ to be regarded as a veritable fut. Niph. יסּחוּ is, as at Proverbs 15:25; Psalm 52:7, active: evellant; and this, with the subj. remaining indefinite (for which J. H. Michaelis refers to Hosea 12:9), is equivalent to evellentur. This indefinite "they" or "one" ("man"), Fleischer remarks, can even be used of God, as here and Job 7:3 - a thing which is common in Persian, where e.g., the expression rendered hominem ex pulvere fecerunt is used instead of the fuller form, which would be rendered homo a Deo ex pulvere factus est. בּוגדים bears (as בּגד proves) the primary meaning of concealed, i.e., malicious (treacherous and rapacious, Isaiah 33:1), and then faithless men.

(Note: Similar is the relation in Arab. of labbasa to libâs (לבוּשׁ); it means to make a thing unknown by covering it; whence telbı̂s, deceit, mulebbis, a falsifier.)

Proverbs 3:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

shalt

Genesis 39:2-4,21 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian...

1 Samuel 2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the LORD, and also with men.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Daniel 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

good understanding

Joshua 1:7,8 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded you...

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments...

Cross References
Luke 2:52
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.

2 Corinthians 8:21
for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.

1 Samuel 2:26
Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and also with man.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,

Proverbs 12:2
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.

Proverbs 13:15
Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.

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