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Commentary Critical and Explanatory
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CHAPTER 15

      Pr 15:1-33.

      1. soft--tender or gentle.
      turneth . . . wrath--from any one.
      stir up--as a smouldering fire is excited.

      2. useth . . . aright--commends knowledge by its proper use.
      poureth out--utters abundantly (Pr 12:23), and so disgusts others.

      3. beholding--watching (compare Pr 5:21; Ps 66:7).

      4. A wholesome tongue--(Compare Margin), pacifying and soothing language.
      tree of life-- (Pr 3:18; 11:30).
      perverseness therein--cross, ill-natured language.
      breach . . . spirit--(compare Isa 65:14, Hebrew), grieves, instead of appeasing.

      5. (Compare Pr 4:1; 10:17; 13:1-18).
      is prudent--acts discreetly.

      6. treasure--implying utility.
      trouble--vexation and affliction.

      7. (Compare Pr 10:20, 21).
      heart . . . not so--not right, or vain.

      8, 9. The sacrifice [and] prayer--are acts of worship.
      way . . . followeth . . . righteousness--denote conduct. God's regard for the worship and deeds of the righteous and wicked respectively, so stated in Ps 50:17; Isa 1:11.

      10. (Compare Pr 10:17).
      the way--that in which God would have him to go (Pr 2:13; Ps 119:1).

      11. Hell-- (Ps 16:10).
      destruction--or, "Abaddon," the place of the destroyer. All the unseen world is open to God, much more men's hearts.

      12. (Compare Pr 9:8).
      go unto the wise--to be instructed.

      13. maketh . . . countenance--or, "benefits the countenance."
      spirit is broken--and so the countenance is sad.

      14. (Compare Pr 10:21, 22). The wise grow wiser, the fools more foolish (Pr 9:9).

      15. The state of the heart governs the outward condition.
      evil--sad, contrasted with the cheerfulness of a feast.

      16. trouble--agitation, implying the anxieties and perplexities attending wealth held by worldlings (Pr 16:18; 1Ti 6:6).

      17. dinner--or, "allowance" (2Ki 25:30) --
      of herbs--and that the plainest.
      and hatred--(compare Pr 10:12, 18).

      18. (Compare Pr 14:29; 16:32).

      19. The difficulties of the slothful result from want of energy; the righteous find a
      plain [and open] way--literally, "a highway," by diligence (1Sa 10:7; Ps 1:3).

      20. (Compare Pr 10:1).

      21. walketh uprightly--and so finds his joy (Pr 3:6; 10:23).

      22. Without counsel--or, "deliberation," implying a wise deference to the opinions of the wise and good, contrasted with rashness.

      23. Good advice blesses the giver and receiver.

      24. (Compare Col 3:2). Holy purposes prevent sinning, and so its evils.

      25. The most desolate who have God's aid have more permanent good than the self-reliant sinner (Pr 2:22; 12:7).
      border--or, "boundary for possessions" (Ps 78:54).

      26. are pleasant words--that is, pleasing to God (Pr 8:8, 9).

      27. (Compare Pr 11:17). Avarice brings trouble to him and his.
      hateth gifts--or, "bribes" (Ex 23:8; Ps 15:5), and is not avaricious.

      28. (Compare Pr 15:14; 10:11). Caution is the fruit of wisdom; rashness of folly.

      29. far . . . wicked--in His love and favor (Ps 22:11; 119:155).

      30. light of the eyes-- (Pr 13:9). What gives light rejoiceth the heart, by relieving from anxiety as to our course; so
      good report--or, "doctrine" (Isa 28:9; 53:1),
      maketh . . . fat--or, "gives prosperity" (Pr 3:13-17; 9:11). The last clause is illustrated by the first.

      31, 32. (Compare Pr 10:17).
      reproof of life--which leads to life.
      abideth . . . wise--is numbered among them.

      32. refuseth--or, "neglects," "passes by" (Pr 1:25; 4:15).
      despiseth . . . soul--so acts as if esteeming its interests of no value.

      33. The fear . . . wisdom--Wisdom instructs in true piety.
      before . . . humility--(compare Lu 24:26; 1Pe 1:11); opposite (compare Pr 16:18).


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Proverbs 15". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/jfb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=015>. 1871.  

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