Verse 34 Note, 1. Justice, reigning in a nation, puts an honour upon it. Sin reigning is no less than a contempt of God. 9:1 ); they cannot but see the vanity of it. How we must decline such a one and depart from him: Go from his presence, for thou perceivest there is no good to be gotten by his company, but danger of getting hurt by it. Sometimes God extorts, even from bad men, an acknowledgement of the excellency of God’s people. 2. In the word picture used here, the rod of correction is made of the fool’s pride, and it comes from his own mouth. A wise man, for fear of harm, keeps out of harm’s way, and starts back in a fright when he finds himself entering into temptation. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. Every man feels most from his own burden, especially that which is a burden upon the spirits, for that is commonly concealed and the sufferer keeps it to himself. It is folly to be credulous, to heed every flying report, to give ear to every man’s story, though ever so improbable, to take things upon trust from common fame, to depend upon every man’s profession of friendship and give credit to every one that will promise payment; those are, Note, 1. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. ‘She is worth more than silver. At its heart, Proverbs 14:12 instructs mankind in a vital truth: No truth is clearer, more direct, and more rewarding than God's truth. Many a foolish man takes more pains to show his folly than a wise man thinks it worth his while to take to show his wisdom. It is wisdom to depart from evil, from the evil of sin, and thereby from all other evil; and therefore it is wisdom to fear, that is, to be jealous over ourselves with a godly jealousy, to keep up a dread of God’s wrath, to be afraid of coming near the borders of sin or dallying with the beginnings of it. Verse 32 Here is, 1. 127:5 . I know that I shall be justified—None of these things move me; such is the language of this confidence. Every wise, &c.--literally, "The wisdoms" (compare Proverbs 9:1) "of women," plural, a distributive form of speech. 1. 2 An honest man is afraid of the Lord.But some men are not honest.A man like that thinks that the Lord is not important.. 3 Fools think that they are great. But they are mistaken. Next commentary: Proverbs 14:22. They have it by inheritance, so some. The folly of him that built on the sand was deceit. house--increases wealth, which the foolish, by mismanagement, lessen.. 2. uprightness--is the fruit of fearing God, as falsehood and ill-nature ( Proverbs 2:15, 3:32) of despising Him and His law. Those are fools that make light of sin, for they make light of that which God complains of (Amos. 13:44 ), though he does not hide his talent, so as not to trade with it. Every wise woman buildeth her house — By her care, industry: diligence, and prudent management, she improves, and raises her family and estate. Unbridled passion is folly proclaimed: He that is hasty of spirit, whose heart is tinder to every spark of provocation, that is all fire and tow, as we say, he thinks hereby to magnify himself and make those about stand in awe of him, whereas really he exalts his own folly; he makes it known, as that which is lifted up is visible to all, and he submits himself to it as to the government of one that is exalted. So, they talk too much. Where this reigns it produces a holy security and serenity of mind. 1. He that is filthy shall be filthy still. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 2. Those that despise God’s precepts, and will not be ruled by them, his promises, and will not accept of them, despise God himself and all his attributes. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. Proverbs 14:12. 2. Sin is the ruin of great families: The house of the wicked, though built ever so strong and high, shall be overthrown, shall be brought to poverty and disgrace, and at length be extinct. But a carnal mind rests contented, flattering itself. The children of those that by faith make God their confidence shall be encouraged by the promise that God will be a God to believers and to their seed to flee to him as their refuge, and they shall find shelter in him. It is therefore the interest of a nation by all means possible to detect and punish false-witness-bearing, yea, and lying in common conversation; for truth is the cement of society. a. The, Here are two maxims in politics, which carry their own evidence with them: 1. Proverbs 14:1. 5:20 ), turn it off with a jest, rush into sin (Jer. Verse 4 Note, 1. Commentary on Proverbs 15:14 (Read Proverbs 15:14) A wise man seeks to gain more wisdom, growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. Sin is the shame of sinners: The simple, who love simplicity, get nothing by it; they inherit folly. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. Grace reigning is a reverence of God, and gives honour to him who is infinitely great and high, and to whom all honour is due, than which what is more becoming or should be more pleasing to the rational creature? 3:12 . It is a sovereign antidote against sin and temptation. About this commentary: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. 1. It is soon over, like the crackling of thorns under a pot; and, if the conscience be awake, all sinful and profane mirth will be reflected upon with bitterness; if not, the heaviness will be so much the greater when for all these things God shall bring the sinner into judgment. God made him poor, and appointed him his lot, so that, if we deal hardly with any because they are poor, we reflect upon God as dealing hardly with them in laying them low, that they might be trampled upon. Men who are peevish and touchy, and are, That is, 1. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. His wisdom rests in his heart; he digests what he knows, and has it ready to him, but does not unseasonably talk of it and make a noise with it. See here, 1. The bad conduct of a bad man; he puts a cheat upon himself. 7:7 ), their prayers, 2 Ki. Commentary on Proverbs 17:14 (Read Proverbs 17:14) What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Fools make a mock at the sin-offering (so some); those that make light of sin make light of Christ. The misery of sinners will be an eternal surfeit upon their sins: The backslider in heart, who for fear of suffering, or in hope of profit or pleasure, forsakes God and his duty, shall be filled with his own ways; God will give him enough of them. Salem Media Group. 3:9 . The heart is the seat of the affections, and there wisdom must rest in the practical love of it, and not swim in the head. Read Proverbs 14 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). See how much the honour and safety of kings depend upon their people, which is a reason why they should rule by love, and not with rigour. Proud member That it is much for the honour of a king to have a populous kingdom; it is a sign that he rules well, since strangers are hereby invited to come and settle under his protection and his own subjects live comfortably; it is a sign that he and his kingdom are under the blessing of God, the effect of which is being fruitful and multiplying. Verse 19 That is, 1. The evil ought always to. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary has been valued for generations and consulted by Bible scholars everywhere Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Verse 2 Here are, 1. The same word which to the scornful is a savour of death unto death to the humble and serious is a savour of life unto life. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. 23:8 . 2. Verse 9 See here, 1. Presumption is folly. How much praise is due to a faithful witness: He delivers the souls of the innocent, who are falsely accused, and their good names, which are as dear to them as their lives. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. Read verse in New International Version The desperate condition of a wicked man when he goes out of the world: He is driven away in his wickedness. This shows, not what should be, but what is the common way of the world—to be shy of the poor and fond of the rich. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. buildeth . He that is truly wise hides his treasure, so as not to boast of it (, Note, 1. That when the people are lessened the prince is weakened: In the want of people is the leanness of the prince (so some read it); trade lies dead, the ground lies untilled, the army wants to be recruited, the navy to be manned, and all because there are not hands sufficient. But a witness that will be bribed, and biassed, and browbeaten. 1. Herod desired to see a miracle, but he was a scorner, and therefore it was denied him, See here, 1. Verse 7 See here, 1. She is more valuable than precious stones. Holy fear is an excellent guard upon every holy thing, and against every thing that is unholy. He that understands, so as to depart from evil (for that is understanding ), to quit his prejudices, to lay aside all corrupt dispositions and affections, will easily apprehend instruction and receive the impressions of it. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. But, on the contrary, he that is perverse in his ways, that wilfully follows his own appetites and passions, that is unjust and dishonest and contradicts his profession in his conversation, however he may pretend to devotion, he is a wicked man, and will be reckoned with as a despiser of God himself. The good conduct of a wise and good man; he manages himself well. The consideration of this should engage those especially who are in reputation for wisdom and honour with the utmost care to bridle their passion. Verse 12 We have here an account of the way and end of a great many self-deluded souls. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. If men be wise and good, riches make them so much the more honourable and useful: See here, 1. Working, without talking, will make men rich: In all labour of the head, or of the hand, there is profit; it will turn to some good account or other. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. Many put questions to Christ, tempting him, and that they might have whereof to accuse him, but they were never the wiser. Vice, reigning in a nation, puts disgrace upon it: Sin is a reproach to any city or kingdom, and renders them despicable among their neighbours. See the vanity of carnal mirth. The whole world was thus ruined at first. How much praise is due to a faithful witness: He, In these two verses we are invited and encouraged to live in the fear of God by the advantages which attend a religious life. How good people are encouraged in their goodness: Among the righteous there is favour; if they in any thing offend, they presently repent and obtain the favour of God. But a witness that will be bribed, and biassed, and browbeaten, will utter lies (and not stick nor startle at it), with as much readiness and assurance as if what he said were all true. No marvel if those who seek wisdom, as Simon Magus sought the gifts of the Holy Ghost, to serve their pride and covetousness, do not find it, for they seek amiss. Unbridled passion is folly made known. How little regard is to be had to a false witness. Those that see the prosperity of others and are grieved, let them gnash with their teeth and melt away, Ps. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. The character of an angry man is pitiable; through the surprise of a temptation he disturbs and disgraces himself, but it is soon over, and he is sorry for it. Those who keep that about them which is for use and service, not for state and show, more husbandmen than footmen, are likely to thrive. The reason why some people seek wisdom, and do not find it, is because they do not seek it from a right principle and in a right manner. . 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