Proverbs 29:18; Where there is no vision, the people perish: Where there is no vision, no prophet to expound the law, no priest or Levite to teach the good knowledge of the Lord, no means of grace, the word of the Lord is scarce, there is no Open Vision, where it is so the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. See here, I. The misery of the people that want a settled ministry: Where there is no vision, no prophet to expound the law, no priest or Levite to teach the good knowledge of the Lord, no means of grace, the word of the Lord is scarce, there is no open vision (1 Sam. iii. 1), where it is so the people perish; the word has many Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:17; Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto they soul

Proverbs 29:17 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Note, 1. It is a very happy thing when children prove the comfort of their parents. Good children are so; they give them rest, make them easy, and free from the many cares they have had concerning them; yea, they give delight unto their souls. It is a pleasure to parents, which none know but those that are blessed with it, to see the Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:16; The more sinners there are the more sin there is; The more sin there is the nearer is the ruin threatened

Proverbs 29:16 16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Note, 1. The more sinners there are the more sin there is: When the wicked, being countenanced by authority, grow numerous, and walk on every side, no marvel if transgression increases, as a plague in the country is said to increase when still more and more are infected with it. Transgression grows more impudent and bold, Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:15; Parents, in educating their children, must consider, The benefit of due correction; The mischief of undue indulgence.

Proverbs 29:15 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Parents, in educating their children, must consider, 1. The benefit of due correction. They must not only tell their children what is good and evil, but they must chide them, and correct them too, if need be, when they either neglect that which is good or do that which is evil. If a reproof will serve without the rod, it is well, Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:14; The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Proverbs 29:14 14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever. Here is, 1. The duty of magistrates, and that is, to judge faithfully between man and man, and to determine all causes brought before them, according to truth and equity, particularly to take care of the poor, not to countenance them in an unjust cause for the sake of their poverty (Exod. xxiii. 3), but to see that their poverty do not Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:13; The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes

Proverbs 29:13 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes. This shows how wisely the great God serves the designs of his providence by persons of very different tempers, capacities, and conditions in the world, even, 1. By those that are contrary the one to the other. Some are poor and forced to borrow; others are rich, have a great deal of the mammon of unrighteousness (deceitful riches they Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:12; It is a great sin in any, especially in rulers, to hearken to lies: Lies will be told to those that will listen to them; Those that do so will have all their servants wicked.

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

Proverbs 29:11; It is a piece of weakness to be very open; It is a piece of wisdom to be upon the reserve

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

Proverbs 29:10; Bad men hate their best friends; Good men love their worst enemies

Proverbs 29:10 10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul. Note, 1. Bad men hate their best friends: The blood-thirsty, all the seed of the old serpent, who was a murderer from the beginning, all that inherit his enmity against the seed of the woman, hate the upright; they seek the ruin of good men because they condemn the wicked world and witness against it. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all Continue Reading

Proverbs 29:9; A wise man is here advised not to set his wit to a fool’s; No good is done; He that fights with a dunghill, whether he be conqueror or conquered, is sure to be defiled.

Proverbs 29:9 9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. A wise man is here advised not to set his wit to a fool's, not to dispute with him, or by contending with him to think either of fastening reason upon him or gaining right from him: If a wise man contend with a wise man, he may hope to be understood, and, as far as he has reason and equity on his side, to carry his point, at least to Continue Reading