Honor Yahweh (Prov 3:9-3:10)

“Honor Yahweh

With your substance.

Honor Yahweh

With the first fruits of all your produce.

Then your barns will be filled with plenty of wheat.

Your vats will be bursting with wine.”

If you honor Yahweh with your goods, and especially the first fruits of your harvest, then your barns will be filled with wheat and other crops. Your vats will be bursting with wine. It seems that this was an agricultural society with wheat and grapes as the dominant crop.

His steadfast love endures forever (Ps 118:2-118:4)

“Let Israel say.

‘His steadfast love endures forever.’

Let the house of Aaron say.

‘His steadfast love endures forever.’

Let those who fear Yahweh say.

‘His steadfast love endures forever.’”

Here is the strong theme of the enduring steadfast love of Yahweh. Once again we have the distinction between Israel, the house of Aaron, and the more generic those who fear Yahweh. The house of Aaron, or the Levities, have a dominant role to play, but there is no mention of Judah here. This almost seems like a choral response about the love of God.