The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleProverbs 10:23
[It is] as sport to a fool to do mischief…
To do any
injury to the persons and properties of men; which shows a most wicked
and malicious spirit, a very depraved nature indeed: or rather "to
commit sin" F15 of any sort, which he has devised in his own heart; it
is as a "laughing" F16, as the words may be rendered; it is a laughing
matter to him, he commits sin, and, when he has done it, laughs at it;
instead of being ashamed of it, and humbled for it, he makes a mock at
it, and a jest of it, as well as of all religion, and of the reproofs
and admonitions of good men. Sin is pastime, he takes as much delight
and pleasure in it as men do in their sports, and commits it as openly
and freely; yea, not only takes pleasure in doing it himself, but in
them that do it; see (Proverbs 14:9) (Romans 1:30) ;
but a man of understanding hath wisdom;
to avoid sin, and not to do it,
which is true wisdom, (Job 28:28) ; for he has, as it may be rendered,
from the use of the word in the Arabic language F17, a "bridle" or
"restraint" upon him, that he cannot do mischief and delight in it, as
the fool does: or "so [is] wisdom to a man of understanding" F18; that
is, to do it; as it is a pleasure to a feel to commit sin, so it is a
delight to an understanding man to do that which is wise and good; it
is "meat and drink" to do the will of God, see (John 4:34) ; he takes as
much pleasure in it as men can do in their sports and pastimes; he has
a truer pleasure and a better relish than they have; he delights in the
law of God after the inward man; and Wisdom's ways, or the ways of
Christ, are pleasantness to him; he runs the ways of his commandments
with great alacrity and cheerfulness.
F15 (hmz twve) "facere scelus", Montanus, Baynus, Junius &
Tremellius, Cocceius, Michaelis; "perpetrare scelus", Piscator;
"patrare facinus", Schultens.
F16 (qwxvk) "veluti risus", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis.
F17 Vid. Schultens de Defect. Hod. Ling. Heb. s. 216.
F18 So some in Gejerus.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 10:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=010&verse=023>. 1999.