This is a death to self, but not in the good and blessed way described by Jesus for His disciples (Matthew 10:38, Luke 9:23). The words are quite plain; there is no difficulty here.” (Clarke). b. Destruction will come to the workers of iniquity: Those who work iniquity also show what is in their heart, and it should make them tremble under the judgment of God. a. 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. a. Nobody will be ill in heaven (Revelation … He has suddenly gotten off the straight and narrow path and is wandering. Verse 1 . He also cares about our spirits. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. The one that we love we will eat the fruit of. b. Proverbs 21:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Proverbs 21:4, NIV: "Haughty eyes and a proud heart-- the unplowed field of the wicked--produce sin." a. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. And brings down the trusted stronghold. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: By nature, we justify ourselves. A wise man is careful in what he uses his money for. (Read Proverbs 21:30,31) Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. It is small, confined, and exposed to the elements because it is on the roof. “Balaam wished well to heaven; so did the young Pharisee in the gospel, that came to Christ hastily, but went away heavily. Note, 1. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. a. i. b. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. i. Or will we eat the fruit of life? It is good to guard what we say and not to speak everything that comes to mind. “The simple learn wisdom, both from the punishment of wicked men, and from the prosperity of good men.” (Poole). He cares about our bodies. 3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor John Trapp Complete Commentary. The same principle would be true of the contentious man. Bible > Bible Commentary; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Proverbs; Proverbs 21; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible << Proverbs 20 | Proverbs 21 | Proverbs 22 >> (Read all of Proverbs 21) Verse 1. Herod for a long time desired to see Christ, but never stirred out of doors to see him. Workers of iniquity: “Wicked men are great workmen; they put themselves to no small pains in ‘catering for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof’; yea, and this they do with singular delight.” (Trapp). His life of unfulfilled desire is unsatisfying and feels as if it kills him. 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Yet with wisdom one can overcome such obstacles. “An important truth about depravity: men can sin not merely from weakness but eagerly and ruthlessly.” (Kidner), ii. The desire of the lazy man kills him: The lazy man has desire; he just doesn’t have the initiative or the energy to fulfill it. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, The wise man can accomplish things impossible for others. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. 1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Yet even if he were to gain it, it would not last. Proverbs 21:1. Proverbs 21:19 commentary; 19 ¶ It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. Subscribe to become a Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast Insider and get access to bonus content, journal prompts and more! Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. Here are some examples. But a foolish man squanders it. a. Proverbs pulls together the most important 513 of the over 3,000 proverbs pondered by Solomon (1 Kin. They look upon everyone else with no favor in their eyes. But as for the pure, his work is right. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Proverbs 21 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. i. Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Proverbs 21:5 tells us that “the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.” Wise planning requires making decisions for the long-term, as seen for example in the cycle of agricultural asset management. Doubt brings eternal condemnation. When it comes to spiritual warfare, it is even more important to exercise active faith and dependence on God.” (Bridges), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. A haughty look, a proud heart: Often a proud heart is displayed through a haughty look. You can find the best commentary on Proverbs for … Proverbs 21:6 Context. “God’s inscrutable mastery extends to the king, the most powerful of human beings, and to the heart, their most free member. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Proverbs 21:31. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. He acts with arrogant pride. With wicked intent: “It is abominable for any man who is living wrongly to make an offering to God in the way of worship. And oil in the dwelling of the wise, This does not please God, and God allows such people to reap what they have sown. Or counsel against the Lord. This means, God wins and ultimately all His purposes will be accomplished. Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. b. Proverbs 11:16, 22), but the wife (Proverbs 12:4; 19:13-14) is more probably intended, as Proverbs 18:22 validates.” (Waltke). We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Sometimes we despair when we see the stubbornness and hardness of man’s heart against God and His will, but the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord and He can guide it wherever He wishes. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, b. Rabbit Trails Today’s rabbit trails will be brief. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. The lazy are defective in action; the hasty, in thought.” (Waltke). God here says that how we treat others is more important than how we perform religious ceremonies such as sacrifice. i. “Tiglath-pileser (Isaiah 10:6, 7), Cyrus (Isaiah 41:2-4) and Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:21) are all examples of autocrats who, in pursuing their chosen courses, flooded or fertilized God’s field as he chose. b. Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. Than with a contentious and angry woman. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. i. a. Indeed, he manages to be proud of his pride!” (Bridges). a. And the plowing of the wicked are sin. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. He who loves wine and oil will not be rich: In this proverb wine and oil represent the luxuries of life. They may have desirable treasure and good oil in their home. a. The Circassians are said to divide their life between rapine and repentance.” (Trapp). 22 A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. a. His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. This was the truth missed by the priest and the Levite in Jesus’s story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36). A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. Whatever judgment they receive fits their actions. “Plowing…should almost certainly be lamp.”. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. The soul of the wicked desires evil: When a wicked man or woman does evil, it is because their soul…desires it. A gift in secret pacifieth anger. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. They are full of sin themselves, and what they do is sinful.” (Clarke), ii. “This sin assumes so many different forms that until God’s Spirit reveals a man to himself, he does not think it applies to him. A wicked man hardens his face, I can keep at home and I can keep (guard) the home. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might. He is so blessed that he has enough for himself and to give generously. Pro 21:1. Proverbs 21 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. but it is the LORD who weighs hearts. This proverb removes the man from the house entirely and sets his better place in the wilderness. Note, 1. Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. He acts with arrogant pride: The proud and haughty man will be known by his actions. Note, 1. Proverbs 19:2 It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge. The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked: The Lord is a righteous God, and what happens in the house of the wicked does not escape His sight. It is impossible to believe, for example, that God turned the heart of Solomon in the direction of building pagan temples for many of his scandalous collection … a. And the unfaithful for the upright. * 2 All your ways may be straight in your own eyes,. Today’s readings are Proverbs 19-21. Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. The wife in Proverbs 31 is not in the kitchen scrubbing dishes and biting her tongue! Their path leads surely to poverty. A gift in secret pacifies anger, There is desirable treasure, i. But the Lord weighs the hearts. b. Better to dwell in the wilderness: In a previous proverb (Proverbs 21:9) it was thought better to live in the corner of a rooftop than with a contentious woman. The horse is prepared for the day of battle: In the days these proverbs were written, the effective use of the horse in the war could be overwhelming against the enemy. The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Commentaries on Proverbs. i. 20:24. 1 A king’s heart is channeled water in the hand of the LORD;. Proverbs 5:21, ESV: "For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he ponders all his paths." Yet look again. 21 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases. The departure from the way of understanding doesn’t have to be calculated and deliberate; it may feel like wandering. Better to dwell in the wilderness, Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. But deliverance is of the Lord. Ver. But the righteous gives and does not spare. “As every motion has an end, so every journey has a goal.” (Waltke). The path we walk on – and remain on – matters everything. The wicked assume 21 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he () turns it wherever he will. a. They can be used by Homeschoolers, All Bible study groups, Sunday school Bible study and for individual Bible study. i. #2|. 22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. “Use the means, but do not idolize them. i. To some extent, this became tragically true of Solomon, the author of Proverbs (1 Kings 11:1-11). Proverbs 21 Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. I can keep at home and I can keep (guard) the home. a. 6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. If God can do this with someone as powerful and noble as a king, … He not only does evil – he craves evil. i. b. “The verse does not condemn or condone; it merely observes the effectiveness of the practice.” (Ross). “The truth that wisdom may succeed where brute force fails (cf. Play Audio: Good men always win in the end. Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice: Animal sacrifice was a way to walk in right relationship with God – what might be called our vertical relationship. a. With his desire, that lazy man covets greedily, and he does it all day long – yet the desire is unfulfilled because he does not work towards it. i. Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Sometimes our wrong ideas cause illnesses. The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, Next » Chapter 22. b. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. “Here a bold front, which has no shame and does not blush in the presence of sin, is a dreadful manifestation of a hardened heart. Proverbs 21:26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. Keeps his soul from troubles: Unguarded words can bring a lot of trouble. Here we see that evil is natural to the wicked, for it is in their nature.” (Bridges). Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary. Proverbs 19:21. Faith keeps us on the path to heaven. a. Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor: Though many proverbs tell of poverty caused by bad conduct, other proverbs express God’s compassion towards the poor. The violence of the wicked will destroy them: The wicked often love violence and use it for their gain. “The point of the verse, then, is that ill-gotten gain is a fleeting pleasure and a crime for which punishment is prepared.” (Ross), ii. The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, For a wicked man to give for his own pleasure is an evil thing; but if he hopes by his gift to win some spiritual favor while he continues in sin, that is a still deeper evil.” (Morgan). 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. i. Even the hearts of men are in God's hand, and not only their goings, as he had said, ch. The horse is prepared against the day of battle— Solomon mentions the horse, instead of all warlike preparations, because it was the chief, and all nations placed much of their confidence in the number and strength of their horses. If God can do this with someone as powerful and noble as a king, He can do this with any man or woman He chooses. a. 23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. b. A wise man scales the city of the mighty, The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Diligence, while it is opposed to laziness, is opposed also to rashness--to premature and inconsiderate haste. So we see that Proverbs 21:1 is a true “proverb” in that it speaks of something that is ideally true or sometimes true, but it does not refer to a universal truth—something that is always true. i. Plowing: “The prosperity and posterity of the wicked; is sin-it is evil in the seed, and evil in the root, evil in the branch, and evil in the fruit. A false witness shall perish, Getting treasures by a lying tongue: There are some who hope to talk their way into money, and to do it with a lying tongue. 21:1 The a king's heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it wherever he will. The way of a guilty man is perverse; Pilate asked Christ, What is truth? Mishlei - Proverbs - Chapter 21 « Previous Chapter 20. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. If we are silent to those in need, God may arrange it so we will not be heard in our time of need. “Kidner summarizes the verse to say that a bold front is no substitute for sound principles.” (Ross). He coveteth greedily all day long.] The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: God said, to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). * 5 The plans of the diligent end in profit, His way is established and made sure. A scoffer is hardened in their rejection of wisdom, while the simple is more naïve and inexperienced. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But the Lord weighs the hearts: Men and women are confident in their own way, but God knows. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. 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