Chapter 13

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1 A wise sonne heareth his fathers instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

2 A man shall eate good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soule of the transgressours, shall eate violence.

3 He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life: but hee that openeth wide his lips, shall haue destruction.

4 The soule of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soule of the diligent shall be made fat.

5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and commeth to shame.

6 Righteousnesse keepeth him that is vpright in the way: but wickednesse ouerthroweth the sinner.

7 There is that maketh himselfe rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himselfe poore, yet hath great riches.

8 The ransome of a mans life are his riches: but the poore heareth not rebuke.

9 The light of the righteous reioyceth: but the lampe of the wicked shall be put out.

10 Onely by pride commeth contention: but with the well aduised is wisedome.

11 Wealth gotten by vanitie shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour, shall increase.

12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sicke: but when the desire commeth, it is a tree of life.

13 Whoso despiseth the word, shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commaundement, shall be rewarded.

14 The lawe of the wise is a fountaine of life, to depart from the snares of death.

15 Good vnderstanding giueth fauour: but the way of transgressours is hard.

16 Euery prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a foole layeth open his folly.

17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischiefe: but a faithfull ambassadour is health.

18 Pouerty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproofe, shall be honoured.

19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soule: but it is abomination to fooles to depart from euill.

20 He that walketh with wise men, shall be wise: but a companion of fooles shall be destroyed.

21 Euill pursueth sinners: but to the righteous, good shall be repayd.

22 A good man leaueth an inheritance to his childrens children: and the wealth of the sinner is layd vp for the iust.

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poore: but there is that is destroyed for want of iudgement.

24 He that spareth his rod, hateth his sonne: but he that loueth him, chasteneth him betimes.

25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soule: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

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Commentary for Proverbs 13

1 There is great hope of those that reverence their parents. There is little hope of any who will not hear those that deal faithfully with them. #2|. By our words we must be justified or condemned, #Mt 12:37|. #3|. He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. Many a one is ruined by an ungoverned tongue. #4|. The slothful desire the gains the diligent get, but hate the pains the diligent take; therefore they have nothing. This is especially true as to the soul. #5|. Where sin reigns, the man is loathsome. If his conscience were awake, he would abhor himself, and repent in dust and ashes. 6|. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. #7|. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. #8|. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. #9|. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. #10|. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. #11|. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. #12|. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended. 13|. He that stands in awe of God, and reverences his word, shall escape destruction, and be rewarded for his godly fear. 14|. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. #15|. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. #16|. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. #17|. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. #18|. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. #19|. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. #20|. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. #21|. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. #22|. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. #23|. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. #24|. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. #25|. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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