Proverbs 3:9

Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
– Proverbs 3:9

The word for honor means to be weighty or weighted down. When used with material substance, it means to be rich, i.e. weighted down with riches. Here wisdom directs us to weight down the Lord with our substance. It is a picture of abundant giving to the Lord and not a miserly, pinching sort of giving. The giving comes from the firstfruits, as described by the law (Exodus 23:19; Deuteronomy 18:4), and not from the latter remnant. When we give to the Lord, we give him of what he has given us. We give out of thankfulness (Deuteronomy 26:9-11) and also out of trust that the Lord will prosper us. Money and goods is one of the ways of life and the way of wisdom is to honor the Lord with it.

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