A proverb is a profound saying, maxim, or oracular utterance requiring interpretation.  It’s an expression of general truth or principle.  It’s important to know this as there is an entire book of proverbs that is quite educational.  Looking at 3 verses particular tonight, Proverbs 3:5-7.

 Proverbs 3:5-7:

   5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

   6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

   7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

The first verse is fairly popular and rather easy to understand: Trust in the Lord with all our heart, and do not rely on our own understanding.  To be clear, the definition of understanding is:


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1. mental process of a person who comprehends;comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
2. intellectual faculties; intelligence; mind: a quick understanding.
3. superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence: With her keen understanding she should have become a leader.
4. knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something: an understanding of accounting practice.
5. a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people: To him, understanding and goodwill were the supremevirtues.
So, we are instructed to not rely on ourselves, but to rely on Him.
  6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This is fairly clear to me as well.  In all ways, I need to acknowledge Him.  Not just in the good times, but in the bad.  By doing so, he will direct my path.  And really, that is what I want.
 7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
This one is harder for people understand and not because it’s confusing, but because it goes against most human nature.  We are not to be wise in our own eyes.  We shouldn’t think us better than others, smarter than others, haughty is sometimes the word that is used.  Why should we not?  Think about it.  When you are with someone and they are ‘showing off’ how ‘smart’ they are and are purposely trying to show how knowledgeable about things, it gets flat out annoying.  If you really are that intelligent, you don’t need to prove it to anyone.  It will come across automatically and people will respect you for it even more.  So, when you ‘brag’ about yourself, and you are not in fear of the Lord.  Let’s stop here and realize that fear does not just mean being scared.  Fear also means reverential awe. Reverence means a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe.  So, this is saying to have a respect for the Lord, and by doing so, depart, or separate from evil.  Evil is a what separates us from God and we need to depart from it to be closer to Him.
Really, pretty cut and dry, but so hard to follow.

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