Proverbs Chapter 26
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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 26 Bible commentary...
1 Honour is out of season to those unworthy and unfit for it. 2|. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. #3|. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. #4,5|. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. #6-9|. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. #10|. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. #11|. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, #2Pe 2:22|. #12|. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. #13|. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. #14|. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. #15|. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. #16|. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. #17|. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. #18,19|. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. #20-22|. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. #23|. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver. 24-26|. Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well. Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him. #27|. What pains men take to do mischief to others! but it is digging a pit, it is rolling a stone, hard work; and they prepare mischief to themselves. #28|. There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.
Clay's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment about verse 20 on 5/05/2013, 11:46pm...
If people could understand that sometimes just letting things go is the easiest way to stop strife and contention.How many arguments are kept going simply because neither party will just keep silent?
Bereket's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment on 12/23/2012, 1:49am...
Verse 10 is so special from King James Bible Version.
Biodun Williams's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment on 10/26/2012, 5:26am...
The only way of becoming truly wise is purely through the mercies and grace of God. The reason being that, as created us human beings, we can't be wiser and smarter than the LORD God Almighty- and that is the raw truth about it, and it is worthy of acceptance. You see, we must know and recognize that, God is infinitely and immeasurably wiser- therefore, if we must become wise, righteousness demands that we get to that through obedience to the dictate of the Word of God. Anything less down that is foolishness in disguise. It then comes to this infallible truth that as Christians we must see ourselves as agents of righteousness, godliness, holiness and uprightness to the glory of the Eternal God. Hence, diligence as a precious possession requires daily cultivation and practice, as we read, reflect upon, research, pray, speak, practice and act on the Word of God, who through Jesus Christ has delivered and set us free from the curse of the law. The truth is that, despite what the LORD has done some of these things can be mistakenly and sometimes carelessly ignored and over looked, even in the circle of those that have been in the gospel for years. Therefore, the scriptures in this 25th chapter, are meant to serve as reminders. It thus simply connotes that, combined with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, such virtues with great commitment, high level of discipline, determination, concentration and constant practice, when put in place, would yield accordingly- and that is, unto God, as they should, to the glory of His name; for He is forever trustworthy and constantly dependable.
HARRY ALLISON's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment on 7/26/2012, 4:39am...
TAKE JESUS SERIOUSLY>my life depends on it.
Susan Dalton's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment about verse 12 on 12/28/2011, 1:42am...
"Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him." (Proverbs 26:12)
Like the prominent cravings of the presidents of the United States of America coming forth out of Mount Rushmore, is a man wise in his own conceits. For out of his inner mind onto his outer appearance is seen an outcropping like unto the carvings of the presidents seen protruding out from the mountain.
It says, "I am wise, I am wise without God; my wisdom is wiser than God."
The Word of God says, "...there is more hope of a fool than of him."
Though in his mind, his wisdom is seen like the carvings coming forth out of Mount Rushmore; he will die a fool: he chose not the Wisdom of God.
Reggie's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment on 7/16/2011, 12:29pm...
Chapter 26,"From unbelief to total Ruin" Ch. 26, to me is most stunning, the most negative discourse, thus far in my journey in Proverbs. It begins with the thesis of a parable of chaos denoting what happens when fools are given honor. And the chapter ends on the word "RUIN"! There is a 3-fold progression to hell. Sadly i see this happening to America. Our founding fathers gave America the thesis of "FAITH" in God. Fools in the Word denotes "UNBELIEF" ps.14;1. And that unbelief has been the antithesis which is now being honored in our land, producing the synthesis of every negative warning ch.26 heralds.
The Word warns us not to mix the two. 2Cor.6;14-18. Like the old southern saying, if you do something foolish it is like sh#tt#ng in your grits! This metaphor was experienced by the prophet Ezekiel, in Ezekiel 4;9-17 He was told to eat a dung cake! On the exterior the cup cake looked fine; but my o my that pudding was rough to take! In America, "UNBELIEF" is that dung that has given honor to fools.
1. Vs. 1-12; The word fool or fools apppear 11 times. This is so revealing! 10 represents order and 12 represents government, in the Word. 11 represents chaos and confusion and America is now full of it. Check out vs. 8 - "As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honor to a fool." This is now our national policy! It is the disarming of our nation. Under the leadership of a fool, we now have to hitchhike rides to the space station, at the tender mercies of atheistic Russia.
2. Vs.13-16; Following the way of a fool, produces a lazy, lying, conceited, & dependent society.
3. Vs.17-28; We have now grabbed that dog by the ears, in Irac, Afghanastan,& now Liba. Our discourse is contentious promoting strife. A nation full of hatred for the truth, and covered up by deceit. Check out vs. 25- Do you know anyone who can give "FAIR" speeches? God's word says,"Don't believe him! Vs 27"Foolish leaders have dug a pit of debt that America is falling into.And a fool's lies ad bullsh#t I.E. FLATTERY lead to "RUIN", I.E. "HELL!" agape --- reggie ---
Linda's Proverbs Chapter 26 comment on 6/14/2011, 4:33pm...
PROVERBS CHAPTER 26: WICKED PEOPLE PRETEND TO BE KIND, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM THEIR HEARTS ARE FULL OF MANY EVIL THINGS. THE HATRED MAYBE COVERED WITH DECEPTION (TRICKERY) AND HIS WICKEDNESS WILL BE EXPOSED IN PUBLIC.
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