Chapter 29

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1 He that being often reproued, hardeneth his necke, shal suddenly be destroied, and that without remedy.

2 When the righteous are in authoritie, the people reioyce: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourne.

3 Whoso loueth wisedome, reioyceth his father: but hee that keepeth company with harlots, spendeth his substance.

4 The king by iudgement stablisheth the land: but he that receiueth gifts, ouerthroweth it.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour, spreadeth a net for his feet.

6 In the transgression of an euill man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and reioyce.

7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poore: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

8 Scornefull men bring a citie into a snare: but wise men turne away wrath.

9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether hee rage or laugh, there is no rest.

10 The bloodthirstie hate the vpright: but the iust seeke his soule.

11 A foole vttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his seruants are wicked.

13 The poore and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lightneth both their eyes.

14 The King that faithfully iudgeth the poore, his throne shall be established for euer.

15 The rod and reproofe giue wisedome: but a child left to himselfe bringeth his mother to shame.

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

17 Correct thy sonne, and hee shall giue thee rest: yea he shall giue delight vnto thy soule.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the Law, happy is he.

19 A seruant will not be corrected by words: for though hee vnderstand, hee will not answere.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a foole then of him.

21 He that delicately bringeth vp his seruant from a child, shall haue him become his sonne at the length.

22 An angry man stirreth vp strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

23 A mans pride shall bring him lowe: but honour shall vpholde the humble in spirit.

24 Who so is partner with a thiefe, hateth his owne soule: hee heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

25 The feare of man bringeth a snare: but who so putteth his trust in the Lord, shall be safe.

26 Many seeke the rulers fauour, but euery mans iudgement commeth from the Lord.

27 An vniust man is an abomination to the iust: and he that is vpright in the way, is abomination to the wicked.

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Commentary for Proverbs 29

1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. #2|. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. #3|. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. #4|. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. #5|. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. #6|. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. #7|. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. #8|. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. #9|. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. #10|. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation. 11|. He is a fool who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel. #12|. One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers. #13|. Some are poor, others have a great deal of deceitful riches. They meet in the business of this world; the Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. To some of both sorts he gives his grace. #14|. The rich will look to themselves, but the poor and needy the prince must defend and plead for. #15|. Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence. #16|. Let not the righteous have their faith and hope shocked by the increase of sin and sinners, but let them wait with patience. #17|. Children must not be suffered to go without rebuke when they do amiss. #18|. How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! and what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing. 19|. Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant; one that serves not from conscience, or love, but from fear. #20|. When a man is self-conceited, rash, and given to wrangling, there is more hope of the ignorant and profligate. #21|. Good usage to a servant does not mean indulgence, which would ruin even a child. The body is a servant to the soul; those that humour it, and are over-tender of it, will find it forget its place. #22|. An angry, passionate disposition makes men provoking to one another, and provoking to God. #23|. Only those who humble themselves shall be exalted and established. #24|. The receiver is as bad as the thief. #25|. Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare. 26|. The wisest course is, to look to God, and seek the favour of the Ruler of rulers; for every creature is that to us which God makes it to be. #27|. The just man abhors the sins of the wicked, and shuns their company. Christ exposed the wickedness of men, yet prayed for the wicked when they were crucifying him. Hatred to sin in ourselves and others, is a needful branch of the Christian temper. But all that are unholy, have rooted hatred to godliness.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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