Proverbs 3:32 is one of my favorite verses right now. It says the “virtuous” ones are “His confidantes.” I want God to confide in me, at all times, about all things! As I reflect on these verses, I think about what it means to be a confidante. As Christian ministers, we know many things about many people. We could be the biggest gossips in our cities and towns! While we know a lot about many people, the ratio of those who know much about us is minuscule in comparison. We are careful in whom we confide. Our deepest thoughts and feelings are precious to us. Proverbs 3:32 says God is also careful in whom he confides. However, those who fear and trust in God gain wisdom’s virtues, qualifying them to be His confidantes. How exciting! God has precious things He wants to share with you, His ministry leader. However, He protects His thoughts and will not share them with those who deviate from His way.
32For the devious are an abomination to Yahweh, and the virtuous are his confidantes. 33The curse of Yahweh is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34He mocks mockers, but he shows favor to the humble. 35The wise possess glory, but fools exude shame.
This concluding section of Proverbs 3 gives the son four reassuring reasons why he needs to pursue a life of reverence to Yahweh and the subsequent benefits of wisdom.
The benefits are obvious: becoming Yahweh’s confidante, gaining God’s blessing on his home, shown favor, and possessing wisdom’s glory. So also are the curses: being an abomination to the Lord, experiencing God’s curse on his house, being mocked by him, and exuding shame.
The interpretive question here is, “How is this section interpreted in our New Testament context?” The key to interpretation and application here is found in our identity in Christ. In Him, we are sons and daughters of our Good Father. We live in the realm of loving discipline instead of wrathful punishment (Heb. 12:6; Prov. 3:12; Rom. 6:23). Because this is so, we take these proverbs from our Father as an encouragement to seek His gifts of wisdom and a warning to heed the discipline that comes in the curses. In Christ, we are not in a cursed condition like the lost world, but God allows us to experience consequences of foolish living (Heb. 12:5-6). The purpose of these effects is to forcefully remind us of the gifts of wisdom that are the blessed outcomes of a proper relationship with our Good Father.
The above translation is from: Longman III, Tremper (2006-06-01). Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) (p. 143). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition