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Bible Commentaries
Proverbs 10

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' CommentaryMeyer's Commentary

Verses 1-16

the Righteous and the Wicked

Proverbs 10:1-16

Wealth has its advantages, which are more than apparent. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city , Proverbs 10:15 ; but the treasures which have been obtained by wickedness are soon dissipated. They profit nothing , Proverbs 10:2 . This book contains the striking thought that ill-earned wealth is never gathered for the benefit of the possessor, but rather for the benefit of the righteous, and must be useless until it gets into hands which will use it benevolently and rightly.

But there is another kind of wealth, which will never take wings to fly away, which no moth can corrupt nor thief steal, and which will avail not only here but here-after. Note the antithesis of Proverbs 10:2 . If you would increase your wealth, give it away. See Proverbs 10:4 .

The covering work of love, referred to in Proverbs 10:12 , is emphasized in 1 Corinthians 13:7 , r.v., margin, 1 Peter 4:8 , and James 5:20 . God covers sin, so that the memory of it is obliterated, Ezekiel 33:16 .

Verses 17-32

the Blessing of the Lord Maketh Rich

Proverbs 10:17-32

Let us specially avoid talking too much. Silence is golden. See Proverbs 10:19 . Yet the tongue of the just is as choice silver and the lips of the righteous feed many , Proverbs 10:20-21 . When we speak, let us say something and let the people to whom we speak feel that their heart is lighter and that the heavenly horizons are nearer and clearer. Whatever you do, beware of uttering slander, Proverbs 10:18 . You know, by your own experience, what is acceptable ; see to it that your mouth brings forth wisdom and grace, Proverbs 10:31-32 .

But this portion of Scripture deals, not only with the speech of the good man, but with his stability. The blessing of God is upon him, enriching him in all manner of ways; and there is no alloy in this gold, no bitterness in God’s love, Proverbs 10:22 . The desire of the righteous is granted, because it is begotten of the divine Spirit. He is built on the Everlasting Rock, Proverbs 10:25 ; Proverbs 10:30 . His hope is gladness, Proverbs 10:28 . As he walks in God’s way, he gathers strength, Proverbs 10:29 . Though he fall he is not utterly cast down; for God succors him with His saving strength, Psalms 37:24 .

Bibliographical Information
Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Proverbs 10". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fbm/proverbs-10.html. 1914.
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