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Song of Solomon
Proverbs 27 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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Matthew Henry's Commentary
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
27:1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. 2. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. 3,4. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. 5,6. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. 7. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. 8. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable.
Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath
heavier than them both.
cruel, and anger
outrageous; but who
able to stand before envy?
better than secret love.
the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so
a man that wandereth from his place.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so
the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
27:9,10. Depend not for relief upon a kinsman, merely for kindred's sake; apply to those who are at hand, and will help in need. But there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and let us place entire confidence in him. 11. An affectionate parent urges his son to prudent conduct that should gladden his heart. The good conduct of Christians is the best answer to all who find fault with the gospel. 12. Where there is temptation, if we thrust ourselves into it, there will be sin, and punishment will follow. 13. An honest man may be made a beggar, but he is not honest that makes himself one. 14. It is folly to be fond of being praised; it is a temptation to pride.
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity:
near than a brother far off.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
foreseeth the evil,
the simple pass on,
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.
Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand,
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
As in water face
to face, so the heart of man to man.
Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so
a man to his praise.
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle,
will not his foolishness depart from him.
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks,
look well to thy herds.
not for ever: and doth the crown
to every generation?
The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
for thy clothing, and the goats
the price of the field.
thou shalt have
goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and
the maintenance for thy maidens.
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