Proverbs 3:10

So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
– Proverbs 3:10

Plenty is the general consequence of walking wisely with our wealth. Wisdom is honoring the Lord first with our substance and increase. Wisdom teaches wise spending and saving (Proverbs 10:16). Wisdom also teaches that generosity is rewarded (Proverbs 11:24-25). Solomon has more to say beside this, but his verse points to the general reward of handling substance wisely. Wisdom tends to wise stewardship and saving and folly tends to waste and poverty (Proverbs 21:20). Wisdom doesn’t guarantee every individual riches in the way we think of riches. We also should not assume that having wisdom means we will never be in want (Philippians 4:12). Solomon also goes on to teach that wisdom itself is a greater reward than physical prosperity (Proverbs 3:13-15; 8:10-11).

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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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