The desperate condition of a wicked man when he goes out of the world: He is driven away in his wickedness. Openness and ostentation are a mark of folly. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. A healing spirit, made up of love and meekness, a hearty, friendly, cheerful disposition, is the life of the flesh; it contributes to a good constitution of body; people grow fat with good humour. Verse 22 See here, 1. 6:3 . The way of ignorance and carelessness, the way of worldliness and earthly-mindedness, the way of sensuality and flesh-pleasing, seem right to those that walk in them, much more the way of hypocrisy in religion, external performances, partial reformations, and blind zeal; this they imagine will bring them to heaven; they flatter themselves in their own eyes that all will be well at last. "Son, remember,’’ shall fill them with their own ways, and set their sins in order before them. Many a family is brought to ruin by ill housewifery, as well as by ill husbandry. It is therefore the wisdom of princes, by a mild and gentle government, by encouraging trade and husbandry, and by making all easy under them, to promote the increase of their people. Grace and sin in their true light. 1. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. The stirring hand gets a penny. There is sadness under it. Malicious men are justly dreaded and detested, for they are much more dangerous and mischievous to all societies: A man of wicked devices, who stifles his resentments till he has an opportunity of being revenged, and is secretly plotting how to wrong his neighbour and to do him an ill turn, as Cain to kill Abel, such a man as this is hated by all mankind. They are scorners, and it is in scorn that they ask instruction, that they may ridicule what is told them and may cavil at it. How miserably mistaken those are that not only do evil, but devise it: Note, 1. . We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. 2. He that is truly wise hides his treasure, so as not to boast of it (Mt. A humble wise man saving himself and consulting his own good: The lips of the wise shall preserve them from doing that mischief to others which proud men do with their tongues, and from bringing that mischief on themselves which haughty scorners are often involved in. I believe a family's morals are directed by the mother. Yes, certainly they do; every one knows it. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references 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. 13:15, Mt. 2. His wickedness is the storm in which he is hurried away, as chaff before the wind, chased out of the world. All Rights Reserved. Those therefore that have any true honour for God will show it by compassion to the poor, whom he has undertaken in a special manner to protect and patronise. Nay, when men really are merry, yet at the same time there is some alloy or other to their mirth, something that casts a damp upon it, which all their gaiety cannot keep from their heart. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. That those who are selfish and false, who betray their country, oppress the poor, and sow discord, and thus cause shame, shall be displaced and banished the court, whatever friends they may make to speak for them. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. Meekness is wisdom. The neglect of husbandry is the way to poverty: Where no oxen are, to till the ground and tread out the corn, the crib is empty, is clean; there is no straw for the cattle, and consequently no bread for the service of man. . 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. Salem Media Group. CHAPTER 14. He has rejoicing in himself alone, Gal. It is an over-flowing ever-flowing spring of comfort and joy; it is a fountain of life, yielding constant pleasure and satisfaction to the soul, joys that are pure and fresh, are life to the soul, and quench its thirst, and can never be drawn dry; it is a well of living water, that is springing up to, and is the earnest of, eternal life. 2. They have it by inheritance, so some. 127:4, Ps. He that is filthy shall be filthy still. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. They will for ever rue their own foolish choice. If fools have a little smattering of knowledge, they take all occasions, though very foreign, to produce it, and bring it in by head and shoulders. The consideration of this should engage those especially who are in reputation for wisdom and honour with the utmost care to bridle their passion. It grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart; it is a rod from that stem. He who, when he is warned of his danger, rages and is confident, furiously pushes on, cannot bear to be checked, bids defiance to the wrath and curse of God, and, fearless of danger, persists in his rebellion, makes bold with the occasions of sin, and plays upon the precipice, he is a fool, for he acts against his reason and his interest, and his ruin will quickly be the proof of his folly. Proud member 32:8 . Proverbs 14:4. Sometimes when sinners are under convictions, or some great trouble, they dissemble their grief by a forced mirth, and put a good face on it, because they will not seem to yield: they cry not when he binds them. 1:22 . He reckons himself honoured in the kindnesses that are done them; he takes them as done to himself, and will show himself accordingly pleased with them. 1. Proverbs 14 Pro 14:1 Vv 1-3, in the words of Delitzsch, "form a beautiful trifolium [a three-part picture]: wise management, God-fearing conduct, and wise silence, with their threefold contraries." Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Modesty is the badge of wisdom. That those who behave themselves wisely shall be respected and preferred, whatever enemies they may have that seek to undermine them. Verse 33 Observe, 1. 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. Verse 6 Note, 1. If you were king of a great number of people, there would be more honor than to be king over just a handful of people. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary has been valued for generations and consulted by Bible scholars everywhere Such are to be pitied, prayed for, and comforted. Where there is pride in the heart, and no wisdom in the head to suppress it, it commonly shows itself in the words: In the mouth there is pride, proud boasting, proud censuring, proud scorning, proud commanding and giving law; this is the rod, or branch, of pride; the word is used only here and Isa. How we may discern a fool and discover him, a wicked man, for he is a foolish man. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. Whosoever he be that wrongs a poor man, taking advantage against him because he is poor and cannot help himself, let him know that he puts an affront upon his Maker. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. The whole world was thus ruined at first. 2. 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. 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. 2. Self-deceivers will prove in the end self-destroyers. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. He reckons himself affronted in the injuries that are done them. A fretful, envious, discontented spirit, is its own punishment; it consumes the flesh, preys upon the animal spirits, makes the countenance pale, and is the rottenness of the bones. Those that have a true relish of the pleasures of serious godliness will not be allured by the baits of sin to swallow its hook; they know where to obtain better things than any it can pretend to offer, and therefore it is easy to them to depart from the snares of death and to keep their foot from being taken in them. 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. Christian prudence consists in a right understanding of our way; for we are travellers, whose concern it is, not to spy wonders, but to get forward towards their journey’s end. Herod desired to see a miracle, but he was a scorner, and therefore it was denied him, See here, 1. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 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. No man’s services shall be neglected to please a party or a favourite. Much increase is by the strength of the ox; that is made for our service, and is profitable alive and dead. In. He cleaves so closely to the world that he cannot find in his heart to leave it, but is driven away out of it; his soul is required, is forced from him, And sin cleaves so closely to him that it is inseparable; it goes with him into another world; he is driven away in his wickedness, dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them, unjustified, unsanctified. The word “proverb” means “to be like,” thus Proverbs is a book of comparisons between common, concrete images and life’s most profound truths. A witness that is conscientious will not dare to give in a testimony that is in the least untrue, nor, for good-will or ill-will, represent a thing otherwise than according to the best of his knowledge, whoever is pleased or displeased, and then judgment runs down like a river. Commentary on Proverbs 15:15 (Read Proverbs 15:15) Some are much in affliction, and of a sorrowful spirit. 4. 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. Most are swallow-friends, that are gone in winter. Every one will make court to those whom the world smiles upon, though otherwise unworthy: The rich have many friends, friends to their riches, in hope to get something out of them. It entails a blessing upon posterity. It is wisdom to depart, Note, 1. 12:9), along with some proverbs of others whom Solomon likely influenced. 2:13 ), which lay heavily upon Christ, and which they themselves will have other thoughts of shortly. Few will give countenance to those whom the world frowns upon, though otherwise worthy of respect: See here how men’s character and condition are measured and judged of by their conduct towards their poor neighbours. 7:7 ), their prayers, 2 Ki. But that of a spiteful revengeful man is odious; there is no fence against him nor cure for him. There is worse after it: The end of that mirth is heaviness. 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. Proverbs 14:1-35.. 1. Verse 4 Note, 1. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. A good wife is a great blessing to a family. If men be wise and good, riches make them so much the more honourable and useful: The crown of the wise is their riches; their riches make them to be so much the more respected, and give them the more authority and influence upon others. 1. Verse 13 This shows the vanity of carnal mirth, and proves what Solomon said of laughter, that it is mad; for, 1. 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. We must not censure the griefs of others, for we know not what they feel; their stroke perhaps is heavier than their groaning. She looks upon it as her own to take care of, though she knows it is her husband’s to bear rule in, Esth. How little regard is to be had to a false witness. A proud fool exposing himself. A good wife is a great blessing to a family. 23:8 . 2. 1 The wise woman builds her home. 2. 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. Verse 8 See here, 1. Those that look upon them with contempt have here assigned them a bad character, and their condition will be accordingly: He that despises his neighbour because he is low in the world, because he is of a mean extraction, rustic education, and makes but a mean figure, that thinks it below him to take notice of him, converse with him, or concern himself about him, and sets him with the dogs of his flock, is a sinner, is guilty of a sin, is in the way to worse, and shall be dealt with as a sinner; unhappy is he. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 13:11, Mt. Verse 18 Note, 1. Commentary on Proverbs 14:23 (Read Proverbs 14:23) Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. Many put questions to Christ, tempting him, and that they might have whereof to accuse him, but they were never the wiser. Their end is really fearful, and the more so for their mistake: It is the ways of death, eternal death; their iniquity will certainly be their ruin, and they will perish with a lie in their right hand. 1. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. Note, 1. 13:16 . Those are fools that make light of sin, for they make light of that which God complains of (Amos. In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. But they are mistaken. 2. 1. Verses 26-27 In these two verses we are invited and encouraged to live in the fear of God by the advantages which attend a religious life. By this we may know a man that has grace, and the fear of God, reigning in him, he walks in his uprightness, he makes conscience of his actions, is faithful both to God and man, and every stop he makes, as well as every step he takes, is by rule; here is one that honours God. The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. 2. It is a sovereign antidote against sin and temptation. 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. 1. Scarcity is represented by cleanness of teeth, Amos. Proverbs 14:1. 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. 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 simple who thus believe every word, forgetting that all men, in some sense, are liars in comparison with God, all whose words we are to believe with an implicit faith, for he cannot lie. Talking, without working, will make men poor. Many put questions to Christ, tempting him, and that they might have whereof to accuse him, but they were never the wiser. 2. God is here pleased to interest himself more than one would imagine in the treatment given to the poor. The folly of him that built on the sand was deceit. The people of Israel were often instances of both parts of this observation; they were great when they were good, but when they forsook God all about them insulted them and trampled on them. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. Verse 9 See here, 1. 2. 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. 31:15 . An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. They care not what mischief they do by their sins, and laugh at those that tell them of it. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. But a witness that will be bribed, and biassed, and browbeaten. They would not leave their brutish lusts and passions, and therefore they shall stick by them, to their everlasting terror and torment. They are advocates for sin, and are ingenious at framing excuses for it. He rightly understands himself, and his duty and interest, the infirmities of human nature, and the constitution of human society, who is slow to anger, and knows how to excuse the faults of others as well as his own, how to adjourn his resentments, and moderate them, so as by no provocation to be put out of the possession of his own soul. They have before them the good hoped for, even the blessed hope which God, who cannot lie, has promised. God made him, and gave him his being, the same that is the author of our being; we have all one Father, one Maker; see how Job considered this, Job. Commentary on Proverbs 14:24 (Read Proverbs 14:24) The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. 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. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was written by Whedon, a central figure in the struggle between Calvinism & Arminianism Verse 12 We have here an account of the way and end of a great many self-deluded souls. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. A healing spirit, made up of love and meekness, a hearty, friendly, cheerful disposition, is. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. Justice, reigning in a nation, puts an honour upon it. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. God’s justice cannot be out-witted. Whoever fears the LORD walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways. Proverbs 14. Those that are so liberal as to devise liberal things, that seek opportunities of doing good, and contrive how to make their charity most extensive and most acceptable to those that need it, by liberal things they shall stand, Isa. But a carnal mind rests contented, flattering itself. Proverbs 14:2. There is little friendship in the world but what is governed by self-interest, which is no true friendship at all, nor what a wise man will either value himself on or put any confidence in. A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down... View the entire commentary. Dad is the head of the family, but mother is the heart that glues it together. The good conduct of a wise and good man; he manages himself well. 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. Grace and sin in their true colours. Verse 15 Note, 1. Many enjoy a secret pleasure, especially in divine consolations, which others are not aware of, much less are sharers in; and, as the sorrows of a penitent, so the joys of a believer are such as a stranger does not intermeddle with and therefore is no competent judge of. Next commentary: Proverbs 14:22. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. © 2020 Christianity.com. 64:8 . No man’s services shall be neglected to please a party or a favourite. 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. Holy fear is an excellent guard upon every holy thing, and against every thing that is unholy. Note, 1. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 2. Passionate men are justly laughed at. 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. The desperate condition of a wicked man when he goes out of the world: He, Observe, 1. A righteous administration of the government, impartial equity between man and man, public countenance given to religion, the general practice and profession of virtue, the protecting and preserving of virtuous men, charity and compassion to strangers (, This shows that in a well-ordered court and government smiles and favours are dispensed among those that are employed in public trusts according to their merits; Solomon lets them know he will go by that rule, 1. It is his strength, and makes him considerable and formidable; happy is the king, the father of his country, who has his, The foregoing verse showed how much our reputation, this how much our health, depends on the good government of our passions and the preserving of the temper of the mind. What they value themselves upon is really foolish; and what will be the issue of their simplicity but folly? Those who take pains about their ground are likely to reap the profit of it. buildeth . 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