Proverbs 4:18 - Growing In Christ Is Like The Light Of Dawn Increasing to Noon Day.
Proverbs 4:18: Growing In Christ Is Like The Light Of Dawn
Increasing to Noon Day.
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Prov 4:18 (KJV) But the path of the just is as the shining
light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Prov 4:18 (NIV) The path of the righteous is like the first
gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Prov 4:18 (EAV) But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and
righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter
and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the
perfect day [to be prepared].
Prov 4:18 (MSG) The ways of right-living people glow with
light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
Proverbs 4:18 (TLB) But the good man walks along in the
ever-brightening light of God's favor; the dawn gives way to morning splendor,
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
A Father's Wise Instruction (4:1-27)
Stay on the Path of Wisdom
Admonition to Keep to the Right Path
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
2 Samuel 23:4 (KJV) And he shall be as the light of the
morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the
tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
Hosea 6:3 (GWT) Let's learn about the Lord. Let's get to know
the Lord. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will
come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the
Matthew 5:16 (KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
John 8:12 (KJV) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am
the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life.
2 Cor. 3:18 (KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a
glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from
glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Philip. 2:15 (KJV) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the
sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse
nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
2 Peter 1:19 (KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a
dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your
2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for
Rev. 21:23 (KJV) And the city had no need of the sun, neither
of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Rev. 22:5 (KJV) And there shall be no night there; and they
need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth
them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
WHAT IS GOD TEACHING HERE? WHAT DOES IT TEACH ABOUT JESUS?
One road is a path of light, the other of darkness; one leads to
promise, the other to a stumbling destruction. [Nelson SB]
A relationship with God promises a clearer sense of the way to
go in life as God provides light for that life. [Disciple SB]
Christ came to teach the human family the way of salvation, and
He made this way so plain that a little child can walk in it. He
bids His disciples follow on to know the Lord; and as they daily
follow His guidance, they learn that His going forth is prepared as the
morning. You have watched the rising sun, and the gradual break of day
over earth and sky. Little by little the dawn increases, till the sun
appears; then the light grows constantly stronger and clearer until the
full glory of noontide is reached. This is a beautiful illustration
of what God desires to do for His children in perfecting their
Christian experience. As we walk day by day in the light He sends us, in
willing obedience to all His requirements, our experience grows and
broadens until we reach the full stature of men and women in Christ
The closer a man comes to his Lord, the more time and effort he
gives to gaining a knowledge of God through prayerful Bible study, and
the brighter shines the light.... It is not only the light shining
upon the Christian that increases. The reflected light that shines
out from the just man is also magnified in the same measure. [SDA
The just both have light themselves and shed light on all
around, because they have within them the light of God's Word and God's
Spirit..... a steadily increasing light. They go on from strength to
strength and glory to glory. (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
Salvation begins with the "dawning" in our hearts ("Dayspring"
in Luke 1:77-79). As we walk with the Lord, the light gets
brighter, until one day we shall step into God's eternal light, in a land
where there is no night. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines]