Proverbs 3:11

Hebrew Bible

9 Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine. 11 My child, do not despise discipline from the Lord, and do not loathe his rebuke. 12 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights. 13 Blessed is the one who has found wisdom and the one who obtains understanding.

Hebrews 12:5

New Testament

3 Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. 4 You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons? “My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when he corrects you. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.” 7 Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?

 Notes and References

"... Hebrews 12:4, which forms a hinge between 12:1–3 and 12:5–13, gives a brief summary of the hearers’ situation and indirectly exhorts them to persevere. This is followed by the main complaint (and both the main encouragement and exhortation) of the passage, namely, that in their hardship the hearers have forgotten what Scripture teaches (12:5a), specifically about divine discipline. This is made clear by a quotation of Proverbs 3:11–12 (12:5b–6) followed by the application of the passage to the situation of the hearers (12:7–11). The application starts with a short summary of the main point that the writer wants to make (12:7a), namely that they are to endure for discipline (εἰς παιδείαν ὑπομένετε), followed by three arguments that substantiate this claim (12:7b–8, 9, 10–11). The conclusion of the passage is in the form of explicit exhortation (again by means of athletic imagery [compare 12:1–3], this time taken from Is 35:3 and Proverbs 4:26a LXX), calling the hearers to be strengthened and to persevere (12:12–13) ..."

Coetsee, A.J. Hebrews 12:9 Revisited: The Background of the Phrase "and live" (pp. 1-11) HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 76(1), 2020

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