They have before them the good hoped for, even the blessed hope which God, who cannot lie, has promised. 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. Proverbs 14. But a witness that will be bribed, and biassed, and browbeaten. Holy fear is an excellent guard upon every holy thing, and against every thing that is unholy. . 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. Proverbs 14:10. It is true in the affairs of our souls; those that take pains in the service of God, that strive earnestly in prayer, will find profit in it. Those that love to boast of their business and make a noise about it, and that waste their time in tittle-tattle, in telling and hearing new things, like the Athenians, and, under pretence of improving themselves by conversation, neglect the work of their place and day, they waste what they have, and the course they take tends to penury, and will end in it. 127:4, Ps. I was hungry, and you gave me meat. Sin is the ruin of great families: We have here an account of the way and end of a great many self-deluded souls. 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 made known. No man’s services shall be neglected to please a party or a favourite. Verse 15 Note, 1. Proverbs 14:12. But that of a spiteful revengeful man is odious; there is no fence against him nor cure for him. Verse 34 Note, 1. Those that see the prosperity of others and are grieved, let them gnash with their teeth and melt away, Ps. They are advocates for sin, and are ingenious at framing excuses for it. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 2. 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. 13:44 ), though he does not hide his talent, so as not to trade with it. 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. 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 (alms are sometimes called righteousness ), these exalt a nation; they uphold the throne, elevate the people’s minds, and qualify a nation for the favour of God, which will make them high, as a holy nation, Deu. 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. A good wife is a great blessing to a family. The fear of the Lord is here put for all gracious principles, producing gracious practices. How we may discern a fool and discover him, a wicked man, for he is a foolish man. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. Verse 12 We have here an account of the way and end of a great many self-deluded souls. 1. Note, 1. 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. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest. 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. In the word picture used here, the rod of correction is made of the fool’s pride, and it comes from his own mouth. But by a prudent wife, one that is pious, industrious, and considerate, the affairs of the family are made to prosper, debts are paid, portions raised, provision made, the children well educated and maintained, and the family has comfort within doors and credit without; thus is the house built. 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. 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. Next commentary: Proverbs 14:22. As sinners never think they have sin enough till it brings them to hell, so saints never think they have grace enough till it brings them to heaven. 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. 1:22 . 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. 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. Many put questions to Christ, tempting him, and that they might have whereof to accuse him, but they were never the wiser. His wickedness is the storm in which he is hurried away, as chaff before the wind, chased out of the world. Commentary on Proverbs 17:15 (Read Proverbs 17:15) It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or … 2. 1 The wise woman builds her home. 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. Wisdom is good without an inheritance, but better with it. Verse 11 Note, 1. It is wisdom to depart, Note, 1. It is therefore the interest and duty of princes to use their power for the suppression of vice and support of virtue. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 3:9 . Commentary on Proverbs 14:23 (Read Proverbs 14:23) Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. Verse 22 See here, 1. 4:32; Eccl. 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. Those that have wealth, and wisdom to use it, will have a great opportunity of honouring God and doing good in the world. It grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart; it is a rod from that stem. There is sadness under it. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. Scorners speed not in prayer. Scarcity is represented by cleanness of teeth, Amos. 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. 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. Study Proverbs 14 using Wesley’s Explanatory Notes to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. God’s justice cannot be out-witted. Verse 31 God is here pleased to interest himself more than one would imagine in the treatment given to the poor. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. That those who behave themselves wisely shall be respected and preferred, whatever enemies they may have that seek to undermine them. Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. Verse 3 See here, 1. 12:9), along with some proverbs of others whom Solomon likely influenced. The desperate condition of a wicked man when he goes out of the world: He is driven away in his wickedness. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. A faithful minister, who truly witnesses for God against sin, is thereby instrumental to deliver souls from eternal death. Wisdom is not only justified, but glorified, of all her children. Verses 10-11 are similar to Proverbs 3:14-15. The stirring hand gets a penny. 2. 13:15, Mt. 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. In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride: The fool deserves the rod of correction (Proverbs 10:13). In. 31:15 . "Son, remember,’’ shall fill them with their own ways, and set their sins in order before them. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. Verse 25 See here, 1. 2. 11:26 . 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? 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. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. The happiness of the saints will be an eternal satisfaction in their graces, as tokens of and qualifications for God’s peculiar favour: A good man shall be abundantly satisfied from himself, from what God has wrought in him. How wicked people are hardened in their wickedness: they. Proverbs 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. See here, 1. The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. 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. Few will give countenance to those whom the world frowns upon, though otherwise worthy of respect: The poor, who should be pitied, and encouraged, and relieved, is hated, looked strange upon, and kept at a distance, even by his own neighbour, who, before he fell into disgrace, was intimate with him and pretended to have a kindness for him. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. No man’s services shall be neglected to please a party or a favourite. Where no oxen are, the crib is clean — The crib and stable may be easily kept clean where there are few or no oxen: but there is so much advantage arising from tilling the ground, that it is better to have a litter with plenty of oxen, than to have great neatness without them. But by a prudent wife, one that is pious, industrious, and considerate, the affairs of the family are made to prosper, debts are paid, portions raised, provision made, the children well educated and maintained, and the family has comfort within doors and credit without; thus is the house built. She is more valuable than precious stones. Modesty is the badge of wisdom. Most are swallow-friends, that are gone in winter. They think that by sinning with craft and contrivance, and carrying on their intrigues with more plot and artifice than others, they shall make a better hand of their sins than others do, and come off better. Those that devise evil against their neighbours greatly err, for it will certainly turn upon themselves and end in their own ruin, a fatal error! Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 8:6 ) and say they shall have peace though they go on. 1. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. And let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, and to his honour, do what they can in their places that many may be added to his church. They desire their favour (Esth. 16:22 ; 2 Co. 6:10 . 2. Herod desired to see a miracle, but he was a scorner, and therefore it was denied him, Lu. A proud fool exposing himself. Sometimes God extorts, even from bad men, an acknowledgement of the excellency of God’s people. Grace and sin in their true colours. Justice, reigning in a nation, puts an honour upon it. Their consciences tell them they have no reason to be merry (Hos. Verse 24 Observe, 1. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Their way is seemingly fair: It seems right to themselves; they please themselves with a fancy that they are as they should be, that their opinions and practices are good, and such as will bear them out. Proverbs 14:28 "In the multitude of people [is] the king's honor: but in the want of people [is] the destruction of the prince." They have a goodwill one to another; and among them, in their societies, there is mutual charity and compassion in cases of offences, and no mocking. Proverbs 14 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. 1. 4:6 . Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. Passionate men are justly laughed at. The bad conduct of a bad man; he puts a cheat upon himself. 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 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. 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 Grace and sin in their true light. If men be wicked and corrupt, their wealth will but the more expose them: The foolishness of fools, put them in what condition you will, is folly, and will show itself and shame them; if they have riches, they do mischief with them and are the more hardened in their foolish practices. There is worse after it: The end of that mirth is heaviness. The misery of sinners will be an eternal surfeit upon their sins: The, Note, 1. 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. 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. 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. 2. Verse 20 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. The consideration of this should engage those especially who are in reputation for wisdom and honour with the utmost care to bridle their passion. Sin reigning is no less than a contempt of God. The parables which harden scorners in their scorning, and make divine things more difficult to them, enlighten those who are willing to learn, and make the same things more plain, and intelligible, and familiar to them, Mt. We must not censure the griefs of others, for we know not what they feel; their stroke perhaps is heavier than their groaning. He reckons himself affronted in the injuries that are done them. Verse 9 See here, 1. Dad is the head of the family, but mother is the heart that glues it together. But the silly woman destroys her home with her own hands. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The wicked are oftentimes impoverished and brought low, so that they are forced to beg, their wickedness having reduced them to straits; while good men, by the blessing of God, are enriched, and enabled to give, and do give, even to the evil; for where God grants life we must not deny a livelihood. Where no oxen are there is nothing to be done at the ground, and then nothing to be had out of it; the crib indeed is clean from dung, which pleases the neat and nice, that cannot endure husbandry because there is so much dirty work in it, and therefore will sell their oxen to keep the crib clean; but then not only the labour, but even the dung of the ox is wanted. Those who take pains about their ground are likely to reap the profit of it. © 2020 Christianity.com. Backsliding begins in the heart; it is the evil heart of unbelief that departs from God; and of all sinners backsliders will have most terror when they reflect on their own ways, Lu. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. About this commentary: Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. No valuable things compare with her.’ Now, in verses 10-11, Wisdom herself agrees that this is true. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. 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. In Proverbs 3, Solomon is speaking to his son about the woman called Wisdom. Verse 4 Note, 1. Working, without talking, will make men rich: Observe, 1. Talking, without working, will make men poor. Verse 29 Note, 1. The evil ought always to bow before the good, and sometimes they are made to do it and to know that God has loved them, Rev. a. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 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 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. 3:12 . Those that make the world their God idolize those that have most of its good things, and seek their favour as if indeed they were Heaven’s favourites. 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. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. Proverbs 14:1. A foolish woman, that has no fear of God nor regard to her business, that is wilful, and wasteful, and humoursome, that indulges her ease and appetite, and is all for jaunting and feasting, cards and the play-house, though she come to a plentiful estate, and to a family beforehand, she will impoverish and waste it, and will as certainly be the ruin of her house as if she plucked it down with her hands; and the husband himself, with all his care, can scarcely prevent it. If men be wise and good, riches make them so much the more honourable and useful: See here, 1. It is good therefore to keep in business, and to keep in action, and what our hand finds to do to do it with all our might. 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, Here is, 1. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. It is good having God our friend, for he will not desert us when we are poor. All rights reserved. 2. 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. They make a laughing matter of the sins of others, making themselves and their companions merry with that for which they should mourn, and they make a light matter of their own sins, both when they are tempted to sin and when they have committed it; they call evil good and good evil (Isa. 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.