Proverbs 8:35 - Find God and Here Comes Life and Grace.
Proverbs 8:35: Find God and Here Comes Life and Grace.
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Proverbs 8:35 (NIV) For whoever finds me finds life and
receives favor from the LORD.
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]
Wisdom's eternal character is shown in 8:22-31 and ultimately
points to Christ, in whom is found "all the treasures of wisdom" (Col.
2:3; cf. Phil. 2:3-11; 1 Cor. 1:24; Jer. 9:23-24). Christ, who is
wisdom incarnate, is the ultimate wise man. [New Bible Companion]
8:1-36 In chap. 8 wisdom is exalted. As in 1:20-33, wisdom is
personified and appeals for all to receive her instruction.
8:32-36 The chapter concludes with wisdom's closing appeal.
The Commendation of Wisdom
The Blessings of Wisdom (8:1-36)
The supreme invitation (8:32-36)
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
Proverbs 3:13, 18 (KJV) Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,
and the man that getteth understanding.  She is a tree of life
to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that
John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 3:36 (KJV) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting
life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the
wrath of God abideth on him.
John 17:3 (KJV) And this is life eternal, that they might know
thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
1 John 5:11-12 (KJV) And this is the record, that God hath
given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that
hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
This section is the epilogue of the ch. 8 hymn of praise. It
calls everyone to listen. Wisdom offers blessing and life to those who
heed her, but cursing and death to those who hate her. Wisdom's
gracious invitation is more desirable than anything and an invitation to
a blessed life. [Nelson SB]
Eternal life is the reward of the diligent search for wisdom,
eternal death the penalty for failure (see 1 John 5:11, 12). The
successful search for wisdom means the surrender of self to the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit (see John 16:13). Such a surrender makes it
possible for God to work upon us and for us the wonders of His grace. To
give the same blessings to the unsurrendered would be as dangerous as
to give a gleaming razor to a child. [SDA Commentary]
In Psa.46:10 the Lord calls us to silence and inactivity if we
want to know Him intimately. If it were not necessary, He would not
admonish us to do it. The language is so simple and direct and yet we
continue to rattle off non-stop chatter as we rush along the fast-track
going our own way! Why do we do that? It takes self discipline and
the help of the Holy Spirit to be silent. Even if we close our
mouths, our minds race from one thing to another: the unexpected
meetings; the unending errands; the unwritten letters; and the unreturned
phone calls. When is the last time you set aside everything else to be
still before God? If you sincerely want to know Him intimately, you
will schedule some time soon! How about today? [In His Time; Walk