“The roof of the house, which in those countries was flat and plain, and habitable, but was exposed to all the injuries of the weather.” (Poole), ii. 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. The diligent man first plans and then acts. a. A list of the best commentaries on Proverbs ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. Proverbs 21:20 "[There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up." When the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge: Wise men and women don’t need to learn everything through their own misery or the misery of other people. 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. For his hands refuse to labor. Those who put their trust in them will fall. He who loves wine and oil will not be rich. b. Sometimes we do this in sincerity, sometimes with deception, but stubborn pride makes us generally think every way of a man is right in his own eyes. “The verse basically means that the wise gain wealth but the foolish squander it.” (Ross). 21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. 4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. It can also be read one proverb at a time. a. But as for the pure, his work is right. He has suddenly gotten off the straight and narrow path and is wandering. Proverbs pulls together the most important 513 of the over 3,000 proverbs pondered by Solomon (1 Kin. 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). 24 Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. a. He coveteth greedily all day long.] 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. b. 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 … Keep means to guard or to stay. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Let us be like soldiers who are strong in the Lord and put on all of God’s armor (Ephesians 6:10). 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. Than with a contentious and angry woman: Proverbs 21:9 spoke of the contentious woman; this proverb adds the idea of anger to the picture and sets the unfortunate man even further from the house (in the wilderness). Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. b. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. The Lord rules even the most free and powerful of all human beings.” (Waltke). God cares about both what they do and don’t do, and will pass judgment over both. a. 22 A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. * 5 The plans of the diligent end in profit, English (US) English (US) Language. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. What do you love, death or life? Proverbs 21:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Proverbs 21:21, NIV: "Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor." But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. He who loves wine and oil will not be rich: In this proverb wine and oil represent the luxuries of life. You can check these in your browser security settings. Proverbs 21:19 commentary; 19 ¶ It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. 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. Play Audio: Good men always win in the end. Sometimes our wrong ideas cause illnesses. For his hands refuse to labor: Having the desire for good and blessing and prosperity, but not the desire to work, the lazy man lives a life of constant frustration and disappointment. Their good works flow out of who they are. We should be careful of those who can’t get along with other people. i. b. We justify things according to our hearts – “It was in my heart” or “I must follow my heart” or “In my heart, I know” – but God weighs the hearts of men and women, knowing that the heart itself doesn’t justify anything. Proverbs 7:1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commandments within you. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. “A man had better abide abroad, sub dio, under the sun exposed to wind and weather, yea, to crowd into a corner, and to live in a little ease, than to cohabit in a convenient house with a contentious woman, that is ever brawling and brangling.” (Trapp). Yet even if he were to gain it, it would not last. a. God is the God of all wisdom and understanding and counsel, so those things are always for Him and never against the Lord. Perhaps other responsibilities are being neglected or the people are trying to live above their means.” (Ross). But God’s wisdom does not hurt us. The one that we love we will eat the fruit of. The wicked assume His life of unfulfilled desire is unsatisfying and feels as if it kills him. A simple man or woman can learn wisdom when they see the scoffer is punished. Effective to use some of its features ultimately all his purposes will be brief to! 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