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Proverbs 3:22 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
22 and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
The focus of Proverbs 3:21-26 is that wisdom will serve as a protection in this life, like the beauty of an “adornment for your neck.” We need not be afraid as we can securely walk through this Satanic age and there is generally no stumbling with the difficulties of this life, as is true of those who reject the wisdom of God.
They will be life for your soul: The demonstrative pronoun they is referring to God’s qualities wisdom, and the related attributes such as understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and thinking ability mentioned in 3:19-21. However, once again, it is possible that Solomon is referring to sound wisdom and thinking ability within verse 21. Life for your soul is an expression that means a long life. These qualities of God can serve as a protection while we live in imperfection surrounded by Satan’s world.
Soul: (Heb. nephesh; Gr. psyche) The Hebrew word nephesh and the Greek word psyche basically refer to (1) people, (2) animals, or (3) the life that a person or animal has. (Gen. 1:20; 2:7; Num. 31:28; 1 Pet. 3:20) The Bible author’s use of both nephesh and psyche, in connection with earthly creatures, humans or animals, refer to that which is material, tangible, visible, and mortal. The Human soul = body [dust of the ground] + active life force (“spirit”) [Hebrew, ruach] within the trillions of human cells which make up the human body + breath of life [Hebrew, neshamah] that sustains the life force from God. In other words, the “soul” is we as a whole, everything that we are, so the soul or the human can die. (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20) The sense of they will be life is that wisdom and the related attributes of God will give us a long life, or that because of them we can have a long life now.