How unavoidable the destruction of sinners is

Proverbs 13:21 21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. Here see, 1. How unavoidable the destruction of sinners is; the wrath of God pursues them, and all the terrors of that wrath: Evil pursues them closely wherever they go, as the avenger of blood pursued the manslayer, and they have no city of refuge to flee to; they attempt an escape, but in vain. Whom God pursues he is sure to overtake. They may prosper Continue Reading

Advanced By Sinful Arts vs. Honesty Wears Well

Advanced By Sinful Arts v Honesty Wears Well Proverbs 12:3 3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. Note, 1. Though men may advance themselves by sinful arts, they cannot by such arts settle and secure themselves; though they may get large estates they cannot get such as will abide: A man shall not be established by wickedness; it may set him in high places, but they are slippery Continue Reading

Thoughts of the Wicked and Righteous Compared

Proverbs 12:6 6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. In the foregoing verse the thoughts of the wicked and righteous were compared; here their words, and those are as the abundance of the heart is. 1. Wicked people speak mischief to their neighbours; and wicked indeed those are whose words are to lie in wait for blood; their tongues are swords to those that stand in their Continue Reading

Never utter all your mind, pause

Proverbs 29:11 11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. Note, 1. It is a piece of weakness to be very open: He is a fool who utters all his mind,--who tells every thing he knows, and has in his mouth instantly whatever he has in his thoughts, and can keep no counsel,--who, whatever is started in discourse, quickly shoots his bolt,--who, when he is provoked, will say any thing that comes uppermost, Continue Reading

Ill consequence of betraying a trust – Happy effects of fidelity

  Proverbs 13:17 17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health. Here we have, 1. The ill consequences of betraying a trust. A wicked messenger, who, being sent to negotiate any business, is false to him that employed him, divulges his counsels, and so defeats his designs, cannot expect to prosper, but will certainly fall into some mischief or other, will be discovered and punished, since nothing Continue Reading

Violence will recoil in the face of him that does it

  Proverbs 13:2 2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. Note, 1. If that which comes from within, out of the heart, be good, and from a good treasure, it will return with advantage. Inward comfort and satisfaction will be daily bread; nay, it will be a continual feast to those who delight in that communication which is to the use of edifying. 2. Violence done will Continue Reading

Ill-gotten wealth diminished – labour shall increase

  Proverbs 13:11 11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. This shows that riches wear as they are won and woven. 1. That which is won ill will never wear well, for a curse attends it which will waste it, and the same corrupt dispositions which incline men to the sinful ways of getting well incline them to the like sinful ways of spending: Wealth gotten by vanity will be Continue Reading

Moderate in Desires vs. Insatiable never Satisfied

Proverbs 13:25 25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want. Note, 1. It is the happiness of the righteous that they shall have enough and that they know when they have enough. They desire not to be surfeited, but, being moderate in their desires, they are soon satisfied. Nature is content with a little and grace with less; enough is as good as a feast. Those that feed on the bread of life, Continue Reading

Lies will be told to those who will listen to them

 Proverbs 29:12 12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. Note, 1. It is a great sin in any, especially in rulers, to hearken to lies; for thereby they not only give a wrong judgment themselves of persons and things, according to the lies they give credit to, but they encourage others to give wrong informations. Lies will be told to those that will hearken to them; but the receiver, in this case, is as bad as the Continue Reading

Character of one marked for ruin or happiness

  Proverbs 13:13 13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. Here is, 1. The character of one that is marked for ruin: He that despises the word of God, and has no regard to it, no veneration for it, nor will be ruled by it, certainly he shall be destroyed, for he slights that which is the only means of curing a destructive disease and makes himself obnoxious to that divine Continue Reading