The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleProverbs 1:5
A wise [man] will hear…
With great attention, and hearken
to the proverbs and wise sayings herein delivered; for here are many
things entertaining to men of years and wisdom, as well as instructive
to young men and simple ones;
and will increase learning;
or "add" F11 to his stock of learning; or,
as the Targum,
``will add knowledge;''
see (2 Peter 1:5) ; or, "will be wiser", as the Vulgate Latin version. This
is said to show the excellency of this book, and the extensive
usefulness of it; indeed wise men will get knowledge where fools
cannot, and increase learning where others can get none: there are few
books but a wise man will get something out of; and especially such a
book as this, and as the Scriptures are;
and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels;
a man of a
spiritual understanding arrives to the knowledge of the wise counsels
of God; the doctrines of the Gospel, which are the "whole counsel" of
God; are recondite wisdom, the hidden wisdom of God, which no wisdom of
man is comparable to. It is the wisest scheme that was ever formed, and
which the wit of man could never have devised, even salvation by Jesus
Christ; and which was laid in God's "counsels of old", which are
"faithfulness" and "truth"; the knowledge of which is attained unto by
one that is spiritually wise. Moreover, a man that thoroughly
understands the things contained in this book is fit to be a counsellor
of others in things human and divine; in things moral, civil, and
spiritual: he is fit to be in the cabinet council of princes, to be a
counsellor of kings; yea, to have the reins of government in his hands.
"He shall possess government"; so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and
Arabic versions: or, "he shall possess the helm" F12; sit as a pilot
there, as the word may signify, and steer the ship aright in which he
is; whether it be his family, or the church of God, or a city or
corporation, or a kingdom: this book, rightly understood by him, will
furnish him with rules to do all things well and wisely.
F11 (Powy) "addet", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis,
F12 (hnqy twlbxt) "gubernacula possidebit", V. L. "metaphora a nauclero
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 1:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=001&verse=005>. 1999.