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Proverbs 3:9 - Honor the LORD with your wealth

NIV Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
KJV Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
NASB Honor the LORD from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
Proverbs 3:9


A biblical view of possessions demands using them for honoring God. This is accomplished by trusting God (v. 5); by giving the first and best to God ("firstfruits"; cf. Ex. 22:29; 23:19; Deut. 18:4); by being fair (vv. 27, 28); by giving generously (11:25); and by expressing gratitude for all He gives (Deut. 6:9-11). The result of such faithfulness to honor Him is prosperity and satisfaction.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Pr 3:9). Nashville: Word Pub.

FIRSTFRUITS - the firstborn of the flocks and the first vegetables and grains to be gathered at harvest time. The Hebrew people thought of these as belonging to God in a special sense. They were dedicated or presented to God on the day of the firstfruits, a part of the celebration of Pentecost (Num. 28:26; 2 Chr. 31:5).

Youngblood, R. F., Bruce, F. F., Harrison, R. K., & Thomas Nelson Publishers. (1995). Nelson's new illustrated Bible dictionary. Rev. ed. of: Nelson's illustrated Bible dictionary.; Includes index. Nashville: T. Nelson.

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