Prov. 1: ver. 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

For they shall be an ornament. “A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine.” {1}

Tum pietate gravem, &c.  Ου το χρυσος ουτε αδαμας ουτως αστραπτει.

Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth, saith Plato, as the prudent mind of a pious person.

Nothing so beautifies as grace doth. Moses and Joseph were “fair to God,” {2} and favoured of all men. A crown of gold, a chain of pearl, are no such ornaments as are here commended.

  1. Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. (Ec. 8:1)
  2. In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months (Acts 7:20)

The painting: Francken, Hieronymus the Younger – Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins – c. 1616