8:24, Rom. A prating fool will fall: Here, the fool is the opposite of the wise in heart. They are of weight and worth, and will enrich those that hear them with wisdom, which is better than choice silver. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; b. One can do no good to them. Religion lengthens men’s lives and crowns their hopes. That men’s integrity will be their security: Mischief is here said to attend, 1. Those that foolishly and wilfully go on in wicked ways are preparing rods for themselves, the marks of which will be their perpetual disgrace. 37:36 ; Job. The idea here is of a wise son who shows his wisdom by working hard. “Lot’s covetous choice was fraught with bitterness (Genesis 13:10-11; 14:12; 19:15; 2 Peter 2:8). Nor does it tend only to his own life, but he would enable himself to do good to others; he labours that he may have to give (Eph. As the love of God is not in his heart, so the law of kindness is not on his lips.” (Clarke), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. b. Next commentary: Proverbs 10:22. John Trapp Complete Commentary. That which is honestly got will turn to a good account, for God will bless it. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. He makes it the food and fuel of his lusts, his pride and luxury; he gets hurt with it and not good; he gets hurt by it and is hardened by it in his wicked ways. They are fools, for they act against themselves and their own interest; they are commonly prating fools, fools of lips, full of talk, but full of nonsense, boasting of themselves, prating spitefully against those that admonish them (Jn. Love will cover a multitude of sins. How industrious a good man is, by communicating his goodness, to do good with it: Here is, 1. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. The grief of his mother: “The occasion of her great sorrow, which is decently ascribed to the mothers rather than to the fathers, because their passions are most vehement, and make deepest impression in them.” (Poole). It is the folly of fools that they lay up mischief in their hearts, which is ready to them in all they say, and works terror and destruction both to others and to themselves. But a prating fool will fall. A wise son makes a glad father, Here is, 1. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. They understand that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights (James 1:17). Why, the froward tongue shall be cut out, as surely as the flattering one, Ps. He goes on his way with a humble boldness, being well armed against the temptations of Satan, the troubles of the world, and the reproaches of men. The just praise of those who improve their opportunities, who take pains to gather and increase what they have, both for soul and body, who provide for hereafter while provision is to be made, who gather in summer, which is gathering time. The wise in heart will receive commands, 2. a. Those that are of a slothful disposition, that love their ease and cannot apply their minds to any business, are not fit to be employed, no, not so much as to be sent on an errand, for they will neither deliver a message with any care nor make any haste back. Daniel: … While many are fed by the lips of the righteous, fools die for want of wisdom; and fools indeed they are to die for want of that which they might so easily come by. But the perverse tongue will be cut out. The words they speak reveal the wisdom they possess, as Jesus said: Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. ‘She is worth more than silver. Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible. Jeremiah 2:13), and people gather around it. Nay, that way of the Lord which is the strength of the upright is consumption and terror to the workers of iniquity; the same gospel which to the one is a savour of life unto life to the other is a savour of death unto death; the same providence, like the same sun, softens the one and hardens the other, Hos. He that perverts his ways documento erit —shall be made an example of, for warning to others; so some. Love covers all sins: Peter quoted this in 1 Peter 4:8. In some sense, the first nine chapters have been an introduction. [Proverbs 25:11] "How forcible are right words!" It is like a well of life, that is pure and clean, not only not poisoned, but not muddled, with any corrupt communication. “Half of the ten occurrences of wealth (hon; see Proverbs 3:9) in Solomon’s proverb instruct the youth to prize it (Proverbs 12:27; 13:7; 19:14; 29:3; cf. That men’s integrity will be their security: He that walks uprightly towards God and man, that is faithful to both, that designs as he ought and means as he says, walks surely; he is safe under a divine protection and easy in a holy security. But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. a. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked. 2. 16:26 . Wisdom and grace are the honour of good men: He that has understanding, that good understanding which those have that do the commandments, wisdom is found in his lips, that is, it is discovered to be there, and consequently that he has within a good treasure of it, and it is derived thence for the benefit of others. Such therefore are very unmeet to be ministers, Christ’s messengers; he will not own the sending forth of sluggards into his harvest. By bearing with each other, … 2. a. a. b. Where the wickedness has been notorious, and cannot but be mentioned, it ought to be mentioned with abhorrence. 7:1 . The mouth of the foolish is near destruction: The foolish man is a contrast to the wise man, and his rejection of knowledge puts him near destruction. Especially when hatred is grown from a passion to a habit, which is, when the heart is so settled in an alienation and estrangement from the person hated, that it grows to wish, and desire, and seek his hurt. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, 8. Those are the most spiteful ill-natured people that can be who take a pleasure in setting their neighbours together by the ears, by tale-bearing, evil surmises, and misrepresentations, blowing up the sparks of contention, which had lain buried, into a flame, at which, with an unaccountable pleasure, they warm their hands. It is good to say little, because in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin, or sin doth not cease. i. 5:4, Job. They love devouring words (Ps. To be righteous and to inherit eternal life is to have desire fulfilled. But he who restrains his lips is wise. Both the just and the wicked, when their days are fulfilled, must die. The memory of the righteous is blessed: The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 are good examples of righteous men and women whose memory is blessed. The proverbs of Solomon: Proverbs 10 begins a new section of the book. Verse 16 Solomon here confirms what his father had said (Ps. Proverbs 10 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of … He who does so is a wise son, and it is his honour; he acts wisely for his parents, whom, if there be occasion, he ought to maintain, and he gives reputation to himself, his family, and his education. “This little proverb portrays the aggravation in sending a lazy servant on a mission—it could be a confusing, unpleasant ordeal.” (Ross), ii. He adds no sorrow with it: This is a greater blessing upon a smaller blessing. Verse 8 Here is, 1. Verses 2-3 These two verses speak to the same purport, and the latter may be the reason of the former. The very simplicity of these axiomatic expressions, along with their common, everyday meaning, is in fact the secret of their strength and beauty. i. It is therefore good to keep our mouth as with a bridle: He that refrains his lips, that often checks himself, suppresses what he has thought, and holds in that which would transpire, is a wise man; it is an evidence of his wisdom, and he therein consults his own peace. b. Poor people think themselves undone because they are poor; but it is their mistake: The destruction of the poor is their poverty; it sinks their spirits, and ruins all their comforts; whereas a man may live very comfortably, though he has but a little to live on, if he be but content, and keep a good conscience, and live by faith. Let him be religious, and then his days shall not only be many, but happy, very happy as well as very many, for the hope of the righteous shall be gladness; they shall have what they hope for, to their unspeakable satisfaction. 10. “Joseph seized his opportunity to prepare and preserve his life for an otherwise barren future (Genesis 41:46-57; cf. We are here told, and we may depend upon it, 1. They misused their ability to speak; God will make sure they are no longer able to use it. Those that are guilty of so great an oversight as to entrust such with any affair, and put confidence in them, will certainly have vexation with them. “As tornadoes that sweep every thing away before them; so shall the wrath of God sweep away the wicked; it shall leave him neither branch nor root.” (Clarke). i. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. The wicked shall not only not inherit the earth, though they lay up their treasure in it, but they shall not so much as inhabit the earth; God’s judgments will root them out. Or the way of the Lord (the way of godliness, in which he appoints us to walk) is strength to the upright; the closer we keep to that way, the more our hearts are enlarged to proceed in it, the better fitted we are both for services and sufferings. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. Sinful habits, guilt, and ungodly anxiety all take years from one’s life. a. As a representation of the common mistakes both of rich and poor, concerning their outward condition. Choose a verse from 'Proverbs 10' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org 12:9), along with some proverbs of others whom Solomon likely influenced. Verse 15 This may be taken two ways:-1. What that wealth is which is indeed desirable, not having abundance only, but having it and no sorrow with it, no disquieting care to get and keep it, no vexation of spirit in the enjoyment of it, no tormenting grief for the loss of it, no guilt contracted by the abuse of it—to have it and to have a heart to take the comfort of it, to do good with it and to serve God with joyfulness and gladness of heart in the use of it. As a reason why we should be diligent in our business, that we may avoid that sinking dispiriting uneasiness which attends poverty, and may enjoy the benefit and comfort which those have that are beforehand in the world. Were the tongue of every shrew or scold to be extracted, we should soon have much less noise in the world.” (Clarke). A faithful open reproving of sin is more likely to promote the peace of society than the passing it by slightly, or taking no notice of it; for if the wicked … Adds no sorrow with it: “Those three vultures shall be driven away that constantly feed on the wealthy worldling’s heart – care in getting, fear in keeping, grief in losing the things of this life. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 2. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. Let him fear God, and that will secure him from many things that would prejudice his life, and secure to him life enough in this world and eternal life in the other; the fear of the Lord will add days more than was expected, will add them endlessly, will prolong them to the days of eternity. Verses 20-21 We are here taught how to value men, not by their wealth and preferment in the world, but by their virtue.I. This proverb is about the difference between a wise son and a foolish son. This can be done in many ways – memorization, note taking, and the use of modern digital technology. For the Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish (v. 3), and so their righteousness delivers from death, purely by the favour of God to them, which is their life and livelihood, and which will keep them alive in famine. It is this that makes rich and adds no sorrow; what comes from the love of God has the grace of God for its companion, to preserve the soul from those turbulent lusts and passions of which, otherwise, the increase of riches is commonly the incentive. It adds to the guilt of those that conduct themselves ill that thereby they grieve those whom they ought to be a joy to, and are a heaviness particularly to their poor mothers who bore them with sorrow, but with greater sorrow see them wicked and vile. Blessed men leave behind them blessed memories. a. The open, benevolent speech of the righteous is just as necessary for a community, offering everyone abundant life—temporal, intellectual, moral, and spiritual.” (Waltke). “The wicked man knows as well what is perverse, and that he speaketh forth. 2. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. 90:11 . But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding. a. Hatred stirs up strife: The constant stirring up of strife and controversy is evidence of hatred. That men’s dishonesty will be their shame: He that perverts his way, that turns aside into crooked paths, that dissembles with God and man, looks one way and rows another, though he may for a time disguise himself, and pass current, shall be known to be what he is. He makes a laughing matter of sin. It will profit to such a degree as to deliver, though not from the stroke of death, yet from the sting of it, and consequently from the terror of it. a. Proverbs 1:10-14. Verse 11 See here, 1. The great mischief-maker, and that is malice. When their bodies are putrefying in the grave their names also shall rot. b. Whoever spreads slander is a fool: This explains one way that someone filled with hatred lies. John 9:4).” (Waltke). There is no anxiety from the fear of having sin and compromise discovered. The righteous is solid as a rock. Solomon, speaking to us as unto children, observes here how much the comfort of parents, natural, political, and ecclesiastical, depends upon the good behaviour of those under their charge, as a reason, 1. Such therefore are very unmeet to be ministers, Christ’s messengers; he will not own the sending forth of sluggards into his harvest. It can be said that the collection of Solomon’s proverbs begins here as a series of two-phrase, single verse, wisdom sayings. Ahab wore a crown but lay on his sickbed discontent (1 Kings 21:4). He who gathers in summer is a wise son; It will prove that they are not so safe as they imagine; nay, their wealth may perhaps expose them. II. b. Wealth may become a curse, but poverty is inherently a destruction.” (Morgan), ii. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. All rights reserved. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Perhaps a wicked man’s wealth is fruit which he did not labour for, but came easily by, but it tends to sin. 14:9 . The heart of the wicked is worth little: There are great hearts and small hearts, and a wicked heart is certainly small. Violence covers the mouth of the wicked: The wicked man or woman brings harm and hurt with their words. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. a. Flowing well water is particularly precious (cf. A slothful servant is to his master as uneasy and troublesome as. a. Though they may be poor and low in the world, and may not have power and riches to do good with, yet, as long as they have a mouth to speak, that will make them valuable and useful, and upon that account we must honour those that fear the Lord, because, Worldly wealth is that which most men have their hearts very much upon, but they generally mistake both in the nature of the thing they desire and in the way by which they hope to obtain it; we are therefore told here, 1. Good men are good for something. In our modern day, very few people will ever admit to the sin of hatred. Verse 19 We are here admonished concerning the government of the tongue, that necessary duty of a Christian. 37:10, Ps. 2. He who sleeps in harvest: To sleep when there is work to be done is laziness and folly, and causes shame to self and to others. Or, rather, 2. a. The great mischief-maker, and that is malice. A person’s heart is often revealed by their words. It is the wisdom of the wise that they treasure up a stock of useful knowledge, which will be their preservation: This may be taken two ways:-1. “A man of understanding finds sport in wisdom. b. Verses 27-28 Observe, 1. Though they may be poor and low in the world, and may not have power and riches to do good with, yet, as long as they have a mouth to speak, that will make them valuable and useful, and upon that account we must honour those that fear the Lord, because out of the good treasure of their heart they bring forth good things. Besides the future recompence, a good man has as much present pleasure in the restraints and exercises of religion as sinners can pretend to in the liberties and enjoyments of sin, and much more, and much better. That wealth which men get unjustly will do them no good, because God will blast it: Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, v. 2. 2. It makes them useful: The lips of the righteous feed many; for they are full of the word of God, which is the bread of life, and that sound doctrine wherewith souls are nourished up. That wealth which men get unjustly will do them no good, because God will blast it: We are here told, 1. Who those are who, though rich, are in a fair way to, Here is, 1. Proverbs of Solomon - The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. Hatred stirs up strife, How can the treasures of wickedness profit, when, though it be counted substance, God casts it away and it vanishes as a shadow? Proverbs 10:11. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Wise Sayings of Solomon - The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Ver. 17:9 . It will also overlook the offence that is given us, and so cover it, and make the best of it: by this means strife is prevented, or, if begun, peace is recovered and restored quickly. Those that love to hear themselves talk do not consider what work they are making for repentance; for that will be wanted, and first or last will be had, where there wanteth not sin. The just reproach and blame of those who trifle away these opportunities: He who sleeps, loves his ease, idles away his time, and neglects his work, especially who sleeps in harvest, when he should be laying in for winter, who lets slip the season of furnishing himself with that which he will have occasion for, is a son that causes shame; for he is a foolish son; he prepares shame for himself when winter comes, and reflects shame upon all his friends. To do evil is like sport to a fool, Those that are of a slothful disposition, that love their ease and cannot apply their minds to any business, are not fit to be employed, no, not so much as to be sent on an errand, for they will neither deliver a message with any care nor make any haste back. Verse 12 Here is, 1. Religion lengthens men’s lives and crowns their hopes. That joy of the Lord which is to be found only in the way of the Lord will be our strength (Neh. Love, instead of proclaiming and aggravating the offence, conceals and extenuates it as far as it is capable of being concealed and extenuated. Their godly desire will be granted (Psalm 37:4). Verses 31-32 Here, as before, men are judged of, and, accordingly, are justified or condemned, by their words, Mt. He knows what is acceptable, what discourse will be pleasing to God (for that is it that he studies more than to oblige the company), and what will be agreeable both to the speaker and to the hearers, what will become him and benefit them, and that he will speak. Why parents should be careful to give their children a good education, and to train them up in the ways of religion, which, if it obtain the desired effect, they themselves will have the comfort of it, or, if not, they will have for their support under their heaviness that they have done their duty, have done their endeavour. 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