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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 15

 

 

Introduction
1From this chapter to the five and twentieth are sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.

Verse 1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
soft
25:15; Judges 8:1-3; 1 Samuel 25:21-33; 18; 10:12; 28:25; 29:22; Judges 12:3-6; 1 Samuel 25:10,11,21,22; 2 Samuel 19:43; 1 Kings 12:13-16

Verse 2
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
tongue
23,28; 12:23; 13:16; 16:23; 25:11,12; Psalms 45:1; Ecclesiastes 10:12,13; Isaiah 50:4
poureth
Heb. belcheth, or, bubbleth.
Psalms 59:7

Verse 3
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
5:21; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Job 34:21,22; Jeremiah 16:17; 23:24; 32:19; Hebrews 4:13

Verse 4
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
A wholesome
Heb. The healing of the.
12:18; 16:24; Malachi 4:2
a tree
3:18; Genesis 3:22-24; 1 Timothy 6:3; Revelation 2:7
a breach
18:8,14; 26:22; Psalms 52:2-4; 109:22

Verse 5
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
fool
10:1; 13:1,18; 1 Samuel 2:23-25; 2 Samuel 15:1-6; 1 Chronicles 22:11-13; 28:9,20
but
31,32; 1:23; 6:23; 19:20; 25:12; Psalms 141:5; Titus 1:13; 2:15

Verse 6
In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
the house
16; 8:21; 13:22; 21:20; Psalms 112:3; Hebrews 11:26
in the revenues
10:22; 16:8; Job 20:19-23; Psalms 37:16; Ecclesiastes 4:6; 5:10-14; James 5:1-3

Verse 7
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
lips
Psalms 37:30; 45:2; 51:13-15; 71:15-18; 78:2-6; 119:13; Ecclesiastes 12:9,10; Song of Solomon 4:11; Matthew 10:27; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 18:9,10; Romans 10:14-17; Romans 15:18-21; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Timothy 2:2
the heart
10:20,21; Matthew 12:34; James 3:6

Verse 8
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
sacrifice
21:27; 28:9; Isaiah 1:10-15; 61:8; 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20; 7:21-23; Amos 5:21,22; John 4:24
the prayer
29; 1 Chronicles 29:17; Psalms 17:1; Song of Solomon 2:14

Verse 9
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
The way
4:19; 21:4,8; Psalms 1:6; 146:8,9; Matthew 7:13; Jeremiah 44:4; Habakkuk 1:13
he loveth
21:21; Isaiah 26:7; 51:1,7; Hosea 6:3; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22

Verse 10
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Correction
or, Instruction. grievous.
12:1; 13:1; 23:35; 1 Kings 18:17; 21:20; 22:8; John 3:20; 7:7
and he
1:30; 5:12; 10:17; Isaiah 1:5,6; Ezekiel 24:13,14

Verse 11
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
Hell
27:20; Job 26:6; Psalms 139:8; Revelation 1:18
the hearts
2 Chronicles 6:30; Psalms 7:9; 44:21; Jeremiah 17:10; John 2:24,25; 21:17; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:23

Verse 12
A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
scorner
10; 9:7,8; Amos 5:10; John 3:18-21; 7:7; 2 Timothy 4:3
neither
2 Chronicles 18:7; Job 21:14

Verse 13
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
merry
15; 17:22; 2 Corinthians 1:12
by
12:25; 18:14; Nehemiah 2:2; John 14:1; 2 Corinthians 2:7; 7:10

Verse 14
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
heart
1:5; 9:9; 1 Kings 3:6-12; Psalms 119:97,100; Acts 17:11; 2 Peter 3:18
the mouth
12:23; Isaiah 30:10; 44:20; Hosea 12:1

Verse 15
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
All
Genesis 37:35; 47:9; Psalms 90:7-9
but
16:22; 17:22; Acts 16:25; Romans 5:2,3,11; 12:12; 2 Corinthians 1:5,12; 6:10; 1 Peter 1:6-8; 4:13

Verse 16
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
little
16:8; 28:6; Psalms 37:16; 1 Timothy 6:6
great
10:22; Ecclesiastes 2:10,11,18-23; 5:10-12

Verse 17
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
17:1; 21:19; Psalms 133:1-3; Philippians 2:1; 1 John 4:16

Verse 18
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
wrathful
10:12; 26:21; 28:25; 29:22; 2 Samuel 19:43; 20:1; James 3:14-16
he
1; 25:15; Genesis 13:8,9; Judges 8:1-3; 1 Samuel 25:24-44; Ecclesiastes 10:4; Matthew 5:9; Acts 6:1-5; James 1:19,20

Verse 19
The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
way of the slothful
22:5,13; 26:13; Numbers 14:1-3,7-9
the way of the righteous
3:6; 8:9; Psalms 5:8; 25:8,9,12; 27:11; Isaiah 30:21; 35:8
made plain
Heb. raised up as a causey.
Isaiah 57:14

Verse 20
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
wise
10:1; 23:15,16; 29:3; 1 Kings 1:48; 2:9; 5:7; Philippians 2:22
despiseth
23:22; 30:17; Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3

Verse 21
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
joy
10:23; 14:9; 26:18,19
destitute of wisdom
Heb. void of heart.
11:12; *marg:
a man
14:16; Job 28:28; Psalms 111:10; Ephesians 5:15; James 3:13

Verse 22
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
11:14; 20:18; Ecclesiastes 8:6

Verse 23
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
joy
12:14; 16:13; 24:26; 25:11,12; Ephesians 4:29
in due season
Heb. in his season.
Ecclesiastes 3:1; Isaiah 50:4
how
1 Samuel 25:32,33

Verse 24
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
way
6:23; Psalms 16:11; 139:24; Jeremiah 21:8; Matthew 7:14; John 14:6
above
Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1,2
that
2:18; 5:5; 7:27; 9:8; 23:14

Verse 25
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
destroy
12:7; 14:11; Job 40:11-13; Psalms 52:1,5; 138:6; Isaiah 2:12; Daniel 5:20; 1 Peter 5:5
but
Deuteronomy 10:17,18; Psalms 68:5,6; 146:9; James 1:27

Verse 26
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
thoughts
6:16-19; 24:9; Jeremiah 4:14; Matthew 15:19
but
23; Psalms 19:14; 37:30,31; 45:1; Matthew 12:34-37
pleasant words
Heb. words of pleasantness.

Verse 27
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
He that is
1:19; 11:19,29; 20:21; Deuteronomy 7:26; Joshua 6:18; 7:11,12,24,25; 1 Samuel 8:3-5; 2 Kings 5:27; Isaiah 5:8-10; Jeremiah 17:11; Habakkuk 2:9-11; Zechariah 5:3,4
but
28:16; 29:4; Exodus 18:21; 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19; Isaiah 33:15,16

Verse 28
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
heart
2; 16:23; 1 Kings 3:23-28; Ecclesiastes 5:2,6; 1 Peter 3:15
the mouth
10:19; 13:16; 29:11,20; Ecclesiastes 10:12-14; Matthew 12:34; Titus 1:10,11; James 3:6-8; 2 Peter 2:18

Verse 29
The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
far
Psalms 10:1; 34:16; 73:27; 138:6; Matthew 25:46; Ephesians 2:12,13
he heareth
8; Psalms 34:15-17; 66:18,19; 145:18,19; Isaiah 55:8,9; John 9:31; Romans 8:26,27; James 5:16-18; 1 Peter 3:12

Verse 30
The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
light
13:9; Ezra 9:8; Ecclesiastes 11:7; Revelation 21:23; 22:5
a good
17:22; 25:25; Psalms 89:15; Luke 2:10-19
the bones
3:8; Isaiah 58:11

Verse 31
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
ear
5; 1:23; 9:8,9; 13:20; 19:20; 25:12; Isaiah 55:3
abideth
John 15:3,4; 1 John 2:19

Verse 32
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
refuseth
1:24-33; 5:11,12; 8:33-36; Psalms 50:17; Hebrews 12:15
instruction
or, correction.
29:1; Isaiah 1:5; Jeremiah 5:3; Ezekiel 24:13,14
heareth
or, obeyeth.
5:13; Deuteronomy 21:18,20; Matthew 7:24-27; James 1:22; Revelation 3:19
getteth understanding
Heb. possesseth an heart.
14,21; *marg:; 17:16; 18:15

Verse 33
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
fear
1:7; 8:13; Job 28:28; Psalms 34:11; 111:10
and
18:12; 25:6,7; 29:23; Luke 14:11; Philippians 2:5-11; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 15:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-15.html.

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
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