Proverbs Chapter 3 – Outline

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 => Christ is the very Wisdom of God.


Colossians 1:15-20 => Christ is the very fullness and express image of God.


God gives Positive Incentives to Obedience.


  • Solomon is modeling God and giving fathers/parents an example of how to instruct their children.




v. 1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; v. 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.
v. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, v.4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.


v. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

v. 6a In all your ways acknowledge Him,

v. 6b And He shall direct your paths.


v. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. v. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
v. 9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; v. 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
v. 11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; v. 12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.




v. 1


Negative: Do not forget. (Through active negligence or passive neglect.)


Positive: Comply with, observe. (To guard through practice)

v. 2


Quantity: Long life, implying or including eternal life.


Quality: Peace, well-being, success. Has the idea of fellowship with God.

v. 3


Negative: Do not let go of:


Mercy: hesed => Going beyond what is required.


Truth: Everything that is right in God’s eyes.


Positive: Make them a permanent internal part of your life.

v. 4


Reputation: How men know you.


Character: How God knows you.

v. 5, 6a


Positive: Internally and externally give God first place in your decision making.


Negative: Do not depend on yourself.

v. 6b


The promise of God’s guidance in your life.

v. 7


Negative: Do not listen to and depend on your own opinions.


Positive: Practice God’s presence in your life by turning from evil.

v. 8


Physical health and emotional/mental health.

v. 9


Practice stewardship with all your possessions.


Realize that everything I have is God’s and is given to me by God to be a steward of.

v. 10


You can’t out give God! (Malachi 3:10)

v. 11




Do not neglect and/or openly oppose God’s chastening or correction.


Chastening: Correction that leads to wisdom (i.e. instruction)


Correction: The physical discipline that accompanies instruction.

v. 12


It is a very real evidence of God’ love toward us.


Full chapter outline in PDF.