Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Proverbs 31:28-31 commentary; the church's reverence and Godly fear

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Taking these last three verses of Proverbs we can easily see the literal statements in favor of the virtuous woman, the excellent wife. As for the church, the meaning is clear. What it means to fear the Lord has been talked about several times in the past two years of this study. Here, the woman that fears the Lord shall be praised.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

This is the kind of reverence due God.

Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

2Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Her own works will praise her in the gates, which represents judgment. So ends my commentary on Proverbs this go around. I hope you’ll write a commentary on a book of the Bible and post your thoughts and prayers about it. I want to thank the Holy Spirit from whom I prayerfully received a lot of ideas and the hunger to read and study the Bible and write about it, each day guiding me softly, Dr. Ruckman, Brother Donovan, Matthew Henry, John Gill and many others but last and not least my wife, Beth, who reads her Bible every morning to a great extent and gave me some terrific ideas for my commentary, who really got me thinking about the church in this last part of Proverbs most importantly.

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