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Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
the Week of Proper 2 / Ordinary 7
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Bible Commentaries
Proverbs 13

Dummelow's Commentary on the BibleDummelow on the Bible

Verses 1-25

2. Read, ’the desire of the treacherous is for violence’ (RM).

3. The times were out of joint: those alone were safe who said nothing.

4. Soul] as in Proverbs 13:2 and many other passages, means ’appetite.’ Made fat] abundantly gratified.

5. Read, ’but a wicked man behaves shamefully and abominably.’

7. One ’feigneth himself rich’ (RM), to gain consideration; another ’feigneth himself poor,’ to avoid giving and paying.

8. Providence equalises matters: wealth may buy one off from peril, but poverty saves us from fear of being robbed. Not rebuke] RV ’no threatening.’

9. The extinction of the lamp is a sign of disaster: cp. Proverbs 20:20; Proverbs 31:18; Job 18:6; Jeremiah 25:10.

10. ’By pride cometh only contention’ (RV): willingness to be advised saves from this and many evils.

11. The proverb originally ran: ’Wealth gotten in haste, etc., but wealth gotten by degrees,’ etc. ’Come lightly, go lightly.’

14. Such vv. as this indicate the existence of a definite class of wise men, whose teachings were highly esteemed.

15. Read, ’A man of tact obtaineth favour, but the way of the treacherous is their destruction.’

21. Evil] i.e. misfortune. Good] i.e. prosperity.

23. Tillage] RM ’tilled land.’ For want of judgment] RV ’by reason of injustice.’ The idea is that God blesses the labour of the righteous poor, but the unjust, though they may be rich, will not flourish.

24. Egyptian proverb: ’The ears of the young are placed on the back, and he hears when it is flogged.’

Bibliographical Information
Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 13". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/proverbs-13.html. 1909.
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