Proverbs 3:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 3:10, NIV: "then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine."

Proverbs 3:10, ESV: "then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine."

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

Proverbs 3:10, NASB: "So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine."

Proverbs 3:10, NLT: "Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine."

Proverbs 3:10, CSB: "then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine."

What does Proverbs 3:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse promises that the Lord will reward faithful giving. This echoes Deuteronomy 28:11–12, which promises Israel: "And the LORD will make you abound in prosperity…The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands." As always, context matters when interpreting these Scriptures. Deuteronomy's promises are meant for the nation of Israel, not for all people at all times. A "proverb," by definition, is a general statement. Solomon is not making an ironclad guarantee to all people in all circumstances. And yet, those who honor God set themselves up for better outcomes than those who live in rebellion.

The Lord has not promised Christians material prosperity in return for faithful giving. However, He has promised to meet all our needs (Matthew 6:33). Paul acknowledged the faithful giving of the Philippian church, and promised, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). It is noteworthy that he did not say "out of His riches," but "according to His riches." God is a generous giver, but it is unlikely He will pour blessings into a closed hand. He loves and rewards a generous giver.