Proverbs 3:9
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New International Version
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;

New Living Translation
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.

English Standard Version
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;

New American Standard Bible
Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce;

King James Bible
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;

International Standard Version
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first of all your produce,

NET Bible
Honor the LORD from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops;

New Heart English Bible
Honor the LORD with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Honor Lord Jehovah from your possessions and from the best of all your increase

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first and best part of all your income.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase;

New American Standard 1977
Honor the LORD from your wealth,
            And from the first of all your produce;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Honour the LORD with thy substance and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

King James 2000 Bible
Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase:

American King James Version
Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase:

American Standard Version
Honor Jehovah with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and give him of the first of all thy fruits :

Darby Bible Translation
Honour Jehovah with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase;

English Revised Version
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Webster's Bible Translation
Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thy increase:

World English Bible
Honor Yahweh with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase:

Young's Literal Translation
Honour Jehovah from thy substance, And from the beginning of all thine increase;
Study Bible
Trust in the Lord
8It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. 9Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; 10So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:29
"You shall not delay the offering from your harvest and your vintage. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me.

Exodus 23:19
"You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God. "You are not to boil a young goat in the milk of its mother.

Deuteronomy 26:2
that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name.

2 Chronicles 31:21
Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.

Psalm 144:13
Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;

Proverbs 11:25
The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.

Isaiah 43:23
"You have not brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings, Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, Nor wearied you with incense.

Malachi 3:10
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
Treasury of Scripture

Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase:

Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors …

Genesis 14:18-21 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he …

Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house…

Exodus 22:29 You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of …

Exodus 23:19 The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring into the …

Exodus 34:26 The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring to the …

Exodus 35:20-29 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from …

Numbers 7:2 That the princes of Israel, heads of the house of their fathers, …

Numbers 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man …

Deuteronomy 26:2 That you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which …

Haggai 1:4-9 Is it time for you, O you, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this …

Malachi 3:8,9 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein …

Mark 14:7,8,10 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you …

Luke 14:13,14 But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind…

1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, …

2 Corinthians 8:2,3,8,9 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy …

Philippians 4:17,18 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to …

1 John 3:17,18 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

Verse 9. - Honour the Lord with thy substance, etc. An exhortation to self-sacrificing devotion by the appropriation and use of wealth to the service of Jehovah. With thy substance (mehonehka); Vulgate, de tua substantia; LXX., ἀπὸ σῶν δικαίων πόνων. Hon, properly "lightness," is "opulence," "wealth," as in Proverbs 1:13. The min in composition with hon is not partitive, as Delitzsch and Berthean take it, but signifies "with" or "by means of," as in Psalm 38:7; Isaiah 58:12; Ezekiel 28:18; Obadiah 1:9. The insertion of δικαίος by the LXX. limits the wealth to that which is justly acquired, and so guards against the erroneous idea that God is honoured by the appropriation to his use of unlawful wealth or gain (Plumptre). The Israelites "honoured Jehovah with their substance" when they contributed towards the erection of the tabernacle in the wilderness, and later when they assisted in the preparations for the building of the temple, and in the payment of tithes. The injunction may undoubtedly refer to tithes, and is in accordance with the requirement of the Mosaic Law on that and other points as to oblations, free will offerings, etc.; but it has a wider bearing and contemplates the use of wealth for all pious and charitable purposes (see Proverbs 14:31). The word maaser, "tithe," does not occur in the Proverbs. With the firstfruits (mere-shith); Vulgate, de primitiis. So Targum Jonathan, Syriac, and Arabic. The law of the firstfruits is found in Exodus 22:29; Exodus 23:19; Exodus 34:20; Leviticus 23:10; Numbers 18:12: Deuteronomy 18:4; Deuteronomy 26:1-3. The firstfruits were presented by every Israelite to the priests, in token of gratitude and humble thankfulness to Jehovah, and consisted of the produce of the land in its natural state, or prepared for human food (Maclear, 'Old Test. Hist.,' bk. 4, c. 3, a). The "firstfruits" also carried with it the idea of the best. The custom of offering the firstfruits of the field and other revenues as a religious obligation was observed by ancient pagan nations (see Diod. Sic., 1:14; Plut., 'De Iside,' p. 377; Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 18:2 (Zockler). Some of the ancient commentators find in this verse an argument for the support of the ministry. It is well known that the priests "lived of the sacrifice," and were "partakers of the altar," and as their support by these means tended to the maintenance of Divine worship, so those who supported them were in the highest degree "honoring God." The injunctions also show that the honouring of God does not consist simply of lip service, of humility and confidence in him, but also of external worship, and in corporeal things. They are not peculiar to Israel, but are binding on all. They oppose all selfish use of God's temporal gifts, and lead to the thought that, in obeying them, we are only giving back to God what are his own. "The silver and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2:28).

"We give thee but thine own,
Whate'er the gift may be;
All that we have is thine shine,
A trust, O Lord, from thee."


(Day's 'Psalter.') Honour the Lord with thy substance,.... Or, "out of thy substance" (n); for as it should be a man's own that he gives, and not another's, and therefore called "thy substance"; or, as the Septuagint version, "out of thy just labours", what is righteously and lawfully gotten, and not by fraud and oppression; so it is only a part of it, and not all, that is required; what in proportion to his substance can be prudently spared, and is sufficient and suitable to the call in Providence. A man's "substance" are his wealth and riches; his "mammon", as the Targum; which, in comparison of heavenly things, indeed have no substance in them: yet these are worldly substance, and of account; and as with these God has honoured men, they should honour him with them again, by giving to the poor, especially his poor saints; for as an oppressing of them is a reproaching of him, so having mercy on them is honouring him, Proverbs 14:31; and especially by contributing to the support of his worship, the keeping up the interest and credit of religion, and for the spread of the Gospel; and chiefly by communicating to the ministers of it, giving them the "double honour" which is due to them, and which, when given them, the Lord takes as done to himself, as an honouring him, 1 Timothy 5:17;

and with the firstfruits of all thine increase; or, "out of the chief of all thine increase" (o); God must have the best, and in the first place. The allusion is either to the maintenance of the priests and Levites under the law, and the manner of doing it; which, among other things, was out of the annual produce of the earth, and the firstfruits of it; and may respect the comfortable support of Gospel ministers under the present dispensation; see 1 Corinthians 9:13; or to the firstfruits of every kind offered to the Lord, and to the feast kept sacred to him at the ingathering the fruits of the earth, Leviticus 23:10; and even among the Heathens formerly were something of the same kind. Aristotle says (p) the ancient sacrifices and assemblies were instituted as firstfruits, after the gathering of the fruits, at which time especially they ceased from working.

(n) "e substantia tua", Montanus; "de substantia tua", Baynus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "de divitiis tuis", Mercerus, Gejerus; "de opibus tuis", Tigurine version, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens. (o) "de praecipuo totius proventus tui", Junius & Tremellius. (p) Ethic. l. 8. c. 11. 9, 10. (Compare Pr 11:25; Ex 23:19; De 18:4; Isa 32:8; 2Co 9:13).3:7-12 There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. Worldly wealth is but poor substance, yet, such as it is, we must honour God with it; and those that do good with what they have, shall have more to do more good with. Should the Lord visit us with trials and sickness, let us not forget that the exhortation speaks to us as to children, for our good. We must not faint under an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not be driven to despair, or use wrong means for relief. The father corrects the son whom he loves, because he loves him, and desires that he may be wise and good. Afflictions are so far from doing God's children any hurt, that, by the grace of God, they promote their holiness.
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