Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Verse 5 (Proverbs 3:5)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart - This is a most important precept:

  1. God is the Fountain of all good.
  • He has made his intelligent creatures dependent upon himself.
  • He requires them to be conscious of that dependence.
  • He has promised to communicate what they need.
  • He commands them to believe his promise, and look for its fulfillment.
  • And to do this without doubt, fear, or distrust; "with their whole heart."
  • Lean not unto thine own understanding - תשען אל al tishshaen , do not prop thyself. It is on God, not on thyself, that thou art commanded to depend. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.

    - Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible