Proverbs 30:1-6; The Words of Agur; He was a collector (so it signifies), a gatherer; Ithiel signifies God with me, the application of Immanuel, God with us; Ucal signifies the Mighty One.

Proverbs Chapter 30 This and the following chapter are an appendix to Solomon's proverbs; but they are both expressly called prophecies in the first verses of both, by which it appears that the penmen of them, whoever they were, were divinely inspired. This chapter was penned by one that bears the name of "Agur Ben Jakeh." What tribe he was of, or when he lived, we are not told; what he wrote, being indited by the Holy Ghost, is here kept Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:27; All that are sanctified have a rooted antipathy to wickedness and wicked people; All that are unsanctified have a like rooted antipathy to godliness and godly people

Proverbs 29:27 27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. This expresses not only the innate contrariety that there is between virtue and vice, as between light and darkness, fire and water, but the old enmity that has always been between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, Gen. iii. 15. 1. All that are sanctified have a rooted antipathy to wickedness Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:26; What is the common course men take to advance and enrich themselves; What is the wisest course men can take to be happy.

Proverbs 29:26 26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD. See here, 1. What is the common course men take to advance and enrich themselves, and make themselves great: they seek the ruler's favour, and, as if all their judgment proceeded from him, to him they make all their court. Solomon was himself a ruler, and knew with what sedulity men made their application to him, some on one errand, others on Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:25; We are cautioned not to dread the power of man; We are encouraged to depend upon the power of God

Proverbs 29:25 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Here, 1. We are cautioned not to dread the power of man, neither the power of a prince nor the power of the multitude; both are formidable enough, but the slavish fear of either brings a snare, that is, exposes men to many insults (some take a pride in terrifying the timorous), or rather exposes men to many temptations. Abraham, for Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:24; See here what sin and ruin those involve themselves in who are drawn away by the enticement of sinners: They incur a great deal of guilt; They hasten to utter ruin

Proverbs 29:24 24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not. See here what sin and ruin those involve themselves in who are drawn away by the enticement of sinners. 1. They incur a great deal of guilt: He does so that goes partner with such as rob and defraud, and casts in his lot among them, ch. i. 11, &c. The receiver is as bad as the thief; and, being drawn in to join with him in Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:23; Those who exalt themselves shall be abased; Those who humble themselves shall be exalted

Proverbs 29:23 23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. This agrees with what Christ said more than once, 1. That those who exalt themselves shall be abased. Those that think to gain respect by lifting up themselves above their rank, by looking high, talking big, appearing fine, and applauding themselves, will on the contrary expose themselves to contempt, lose their reputation, and provoke God Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:22; See here the mischief that flows from an angry, passionate, furious disposition: It makes men provoking to one another; It makes men provoking to God.

Proverbs 29:22 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. See here the mischief that flows from an angry, passionate, furious disposition. 1. It makes men provoking to one another: An angry man stirs up strife, is troublesome and quarrelsome in the family and in the neighbourhood, blows the coals, and even forces those to fall out with him that would live peaceable and quietly by him. 2. It Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:21; It is an impudent thing in a master to be too fond of a servant; It is an ungrateful thing in a servant, to behave insolently

Proverbs 29:21 21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. Note, 1. It is an imprudent thing in a master to be too fond of a servant, to advance him too fast, and admit him to be too familiar with him, to suffer him to be over-nice and curious in his diet, and clothing, and lodging, and so to bring him up delicately, because he is a favourite, and an agreeable servant; it should Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:20; Solomon shows that there is little hope of bringing a man to wisdom that is hasty either, Through rashness and inconsideration; Through pride and conceitedness

Proverbs 29:20 20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. Solomon here shows that there is little hope of bringing a man to wisdom that is hasty either, 1. Through rashness and inconsideration: Seest thou a man that is hasty in his matters, that is of a light desultory wit, that seems to take a thing quickly, but takes it by the halves, gallops over a book or science, but takes no time to Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:19; Here is the description of an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant, a slave that serves not from conscience, or love, but purely from fear.

Proverbs 29:19 19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer. Here is the description of an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant, a slave that serves not from conscience, or love, but purely from fear. Let those that have such servants put on patience to bear the vexation and not disturb themselves at it. See their character. 1. No rational words will work upon them; they will not be Continue Reading