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Proverbs 3:7 | Depart from Evil

A Verse Mapping Bible Study on Proverbs

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Week 5: Proverbs 3:7

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

Scripture Memory

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

B n w i t o e: f t L, a d f e. Proverbs 3:7

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

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

Wise | חָכָם

ḥāḵām

Pronunciation: khaw-kawm'

Definition:

  • Skill (in technical work)
  • Wise (in administration)
  • Shrewd, crafty, cunning, wily
  • Prudent

Translations:

  • Wise 109x
  • Wise man 13x
  • Cunning 6x

Fear | יָרֵא

yārē'

Pronunciation: yaw-ray'

Definition:

  • To stand in awe of, be awed
  • To fear, reverence, honour, respect

Translations:

  • Fear 188x
  • Afraid 78x
  • Reverence 3x

Depart | סוּר

Sûr

Pronunciation: soor

Definition:

  • To turn aside
  • To come to an end
  • To put aside

Translations:

  • (put, take, …) away 97x
  • Depart 76x
  • Remove 35x
  • Take off 6x

Evil | רַע

raʿ

Pronunciation: rah

Definition:

  • Evil, distress, misery, calamity
  • Evil, injury, wrong

Note: This use is a [masculine noun]. The feminine noun has a slightly different definition (no “calamity” or “adversity,” kind of less intense.

Translations:

  • Evil 442x
  • Wickedness 59x
  • Mischief 21x
  • Trouble 10x

Paraphrase

Be not [shrewd] in thine own eyes: [stand in awe of] the LORD, and [turn aside] from [distress, calamity, wrong]. Proverbs 3:7

Bible Cross References

Job 28:28

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Proverbs 16:6

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Proverbs 26:12

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Reflections

About God

Our holy God cannot be evil…cannot be around our sin. It is necessary therefore for us to leave our sin in order to have a right relationship with Him.

About Self

When we are prideful, we cannot draw close to God. We cannot depart from our own sinfulness (evil) without a proper view of Him.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Am I thinking too highly of myself?
  • Do I have a proper perspective of God (reverence), and am I relying on Him to help me turn aside from evil?
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