Proverbs 3:34 - Live for God and enjoy His graces.

Proverbs 3:34: Live for God and enjoy His graces.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Proverbs 3:34 (KJV)  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he 
giveth grace unto the lowly. 

Proverbs 3:34 (NLT)  The LORD mocks at mockers, but he shows 
favor to the humble. 

Proverbs 3:34 (TEV)  He has no use for conceited people, but 
shows favor to those who are humble.  

Proverbs 3:34 (AMP)  Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns 
the scorners, yet He gives His undeserved favor to the low [in 
rank], the humble, and the afflicted.  

Proverbs 3:34 (CWR)  The Lord is not pleased with scorners, but 
delights in giving grace to the humble. 

Proverbs 3:34 (TLB)  The Lord mocks at mockers, but helps the 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

After summarizing the benefits of this book (1:1-7), these first 
chapters take the form of a father exhorting his son not to reject (vv. 
8-33) but to embrace wisdom (2:1-4:27). He warned against adultery 
(5:1-23; 6:20-7:27) and folly (6:1-19), picturing wisdom and folly as two 
very different women (8:1-9:18). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Trusting in the LORD
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom  (3:13-35)

Wisdom Brings Freedom from Anxiety. To gain wisdom produces 
willingness to be generous to others who are in need, and enables one to 
live trustingly rather than in hostility or plotting harm for others. 
[Cambridge Annotated SB]  

There is no benefit in feeling envy for the wicked, because God 
detests wickedness. Only a fool would wish to be detestable to God! The 
section ends with a contrast of God's blessing on the righteous and His 
curse on the wicked. [Nelson SB] 

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Isaiah 57:15 (KJV)  For thus saith the high and lofty One that 
inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy 
place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive 
the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite 

James 4:6 (KJV)  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, 
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  

1 Peter 5:5 (KJV)  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto 
the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed 
with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the 


While the Lord pays back the scorners in their own coin by 
permitting them to reap the fruits of their own ways, He brings mercy and 
saving power to the humble. [SDA Commentary] 

Pride does not know its own need. It so admires itself that it 
recognizes no need to be supplied.  It cherishes its own independence. It 
will be beholden to no man and not even to God.  It does not 
recognize its own sin. It is occupied with thinking of its own goodness 
and never realizes that it has any sin from which it needs to be 
saved. A pride like that cannot receive help, because it does not know 
that it needs help, and, therefore, it cannot ask. [Barclay 
Commentary re Jam.4:6b] 

When we get caught up in a personal ego trip we let pride 
separate us from God.  Someone called ego - Easing God Out.  Pride 
pollutes everything it touches.  It keeps us from growing spiritually.  
It is the basic sin causing separation from God.  It is Satan's 
most powerful tool.  If we let pride rule our lives we can be kept 
from spiritual growth after we have begun a relationship with God.  
How can we overcome pride?  Christ's words state the case flatly, 
"And whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles 
himself will be exalted" (Matthew 23:12).  How do we "humble ourselves"? 
 The way we handle problems is a way to begin.  Rather than 
trying by our own cleverness to solve them we can admit our own 
inadequacy so the Lord can get through to us again.  To truly praise God is 
to reverence Him in every place for there is no place where He is 
not.  The Lord delights to bless a person like that. [Yokefellows re 

The simply stated, yet profoundly deep truth of this passage, 
cries out to us to pay attention to what God says and to implement His 
instruction in our lives.  Do you want the abundant life that Jesus provides 
for His children?  Are you willing to invest some time to discover 
how humility and reverence for God bring you into abundant life?  
The world says we need to have good "self-esteem" in order to be 
happy in this life; that we should acknowledge our own goodness and 
the inherent goodness in others.  God's Word says the opposite:  
don't do anything out of selfish motives, and consider others to be 
better than you are! What does this passage mean to you?  Do you have 
the abundant life you desire?  Look up verses in your Bible that 
speak of humility and see how you measure up. Ponder the reverence 
(holy fear) you have for the Lord. If you feel the need to start over, 
begin today by studying this verse until the Lord brings revival to 
your heart!  [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom re 1Pe.5:5] 

Contrition and humility--the spirit of sincere repentance for 
sin, coupled with a sense of one's inability, of oneself, to earn 
salvation - are the two essential qualifications for acceptance with God. 
Contrition prepares the way for justification, as humility does for 
sanctification. God can do little for the man who does not feel a keen sense of 
his own need and who does not reach out for power from above. [SDA 
Commentary re Isa.57:15] 

Contriteness or sadness over one's spiritual state is a mark of 
one who seeks God's face. Such contriteness will be honored by God's 
comforting presence. [Disciple SB re Isa.57:15] 

God, although high and exalted, stoops to be with the lowly. 
Lowly here is not a social attribute, such as poverty. It is an inner 
attitude of humility, of simple trust in and responsiveness to God. If 
this is our attitude, God will stoop to be with us, always. [Victor 
Bible Reader's Companion re Isa.57:15] 

The life in which the fear of the Lord is cherished will not be 
a life of sadness and gloom. It is the absence of Christ that 
makes the countenance sad, and the life a pilgrimage of sighs. Those 
who are filled with self-esteem and self-love do not feel the need 
of a living, personal union with Christ. The heart that has not 
fallen on the Rock is proud of its wholeness. Men want a dignified 
religion. They desire to walk in a path wide enough to take in their own 
attributes. Their self-love, their love of popularity and love of praise, 
exclude the Saviour from their hearts, and without Him there is gloom 
and sadness. But Christ dwelling in the soul is a wellspring of joy. 

Pride and self-esteem cannot flourish in the hearts that keep 
fresh in memory the scenes of Calvary.  2T212