Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 20:7

A righteous man who walks in his integrity— How blessed are his sons after him.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Instruction;   Integrity;   Thompson Chain Reference - Business Life;   Heredity;   Honesty;   Integrity;   Just, the;   Offspring;   Promises, Divine;   Righteous, the;   Righteous-Wicked;   Righteousness;   Seed of the Righteous;   Virtues;   The Topic Concordance - Blessings;   Justice;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Blessed, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Walk;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Pardon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Proverbs, Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Integrity;  
Devotionals:
Faith's Checkbook - Devotion for April 25;  

The Biblical Illustrator

Proverbs 20:7

His children are blessed after him.

The just man’s legacy

1. Anxiety about our family is natural, but we shall be wise if we turn it into care about our own character. If we walk before the Lord in integrity, we shall do more to bless our descendants than if we bequeathed them large estates. A father’s holy life is a rich legacy for his sons.

2. Our integrity may be God’s means of saving our sons and daughters. If they see the truth of our religion proved by our lives, it may be that they will believe in Jesus for themselves. Lord, fulfil this word to my household! (C. H. Spurgeon.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Proverbs 20:7". The Biblical Illustrator. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/proverbs-20.html. 1905-1909. New York.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

"A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him."

"He that walks blameless in justice, shall leave his children blessed."[5] There is no inheritance which a man can leave his children that is any more desirable than a good name. In this also, this writer, and also his wife, have rejoiced for a lifetime in the true and noble character of godly Christian parents, honored by their contemporaries as true and worthy saints of God. That is the greatest inheritance that any one can receive.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-20.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The just man walketh in his integrity,.... This is the faithful and upright man, who is made righteous by the obedience of Christ; and walks by faith in him, and according to the truth of the Gospel;

his children are blessed after him; with temporal blessings; and, walking in the same integrity as he does, they are blessed with spiritual blessings here, and eternal blessedness hereafter; see Psalm 37:26. It is an observation of an Heathen poetF3Theoerit. Idyll. 27. v. 32. , that good things befall the children of the godly, but not the children of the ungodly.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-20.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

The conduct of good men proclaims their sound principles. God‘s covenant and their good example secure blessing to their children (Proverbs 4:26; Psalm 112:1, Psalm 112:2).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-20.html. 1871-8.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

7 He who in his innocence walketh as one upright,

Blessed are his children after him!

We may not take the first line as a separate clause with צדּיק, as subject (Van Dyk, Elster) or predicate (Targ.); for, thus rendered, it does not appropriately fall in as parallel to the second line, because containing nothing of promise, and the second line would then strike in at least not so unconnectedly (cf. on the contrary, Proverbs 10:9; Proverbs 14:25). We have before us a substantival clause, of which the first line is the complex subject. But Jerome, the Venet ., and Luther erroneously: the just man walking in his innocence; this placing first of the adj. is in opposition to the Hebr. syntax. We must, if the whole is to be interpreted as nom., regard צדיק as permutative: one walking in his innocence, a righteous one. But, without doubt, tsedek is the accus. of the manner; in the manner of one righteous, or in apposition: as one righteous; cf. Job 31:26 with Micah 2:7. Thus Hitzig rightly also refers to these two passages, and Ewald also refers to Proverbs 22:11; Proverbs 24:15. To walk in his innocence as a righteous man, is equivalent to always to do that which is right, without laying claim to any distinction or making any boast on that account; for thereby one only follows the impulse and the direction of his heart, which shows itself and can show itself not otherwise than in unreserved devotion to God and to that which is good. The children after him are not the children after his death (Genesis 24:67); but, according to Deuteronomy 4:40, cf. Job 21:21, those who follow his example, and thus those who come after him; for already in the lifetime of such an one, the benediction begins to have its fulfilment in his children.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-20.html. 1854-1889.

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible

It is here observed to the honour of a good man, 1. That he does well for himself. He has a certain rule, which with an even steady hand he governs himself by: He walks in his integrity; he keeps good conscience, and he has the comfort of it, for it is his rejoicing. He is not liable to those uneasinesses, either in contriving what he shall do or reflecting on what he has done, which those are liable to that walk in deceit. 2. That he does well for his family: His children are blessed after him, and fare the better for his sake. God has mercy in store for the seed of the faithful.

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Henry, Matthew. "Complete Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/proverbs-20.html. 1706.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 20:7 The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are] blessed after him.

Ver. 7. The just man walketh in his integrity.] Walketh constantly; (a) not for a step or two only, when the good fit is upon him. {See Trapp on "Genesis 17:1"}

His children are blessed after him.] Personal goodness is profitable to posterity; yet not of merit, but of free grace, and for the promise’ sake; which Jehu’s children found and felt to the fourth generation, though himself were a wicked idolater.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-20.html. 1865-1868.

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann

v. 7. The just man walketh in his integrity, he who in his innocence conducts himself uprightly, righteously, his children are blessed after him, if they follow him in his righteousness, the Lord's blessing rests upon them to a thousand generations, Exo_20:6; Deu_7:9.

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Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kpc/proverbs-20.html. 1921-23.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The just man walketh in his integrity; he proveth himself to be so not only by his profession, of which he spoke in the former verse, but by his sincere and unblamable conversation. His children are blessed after him, by virtue of that covenant which God hath made with such men, which is not confined to their persons, but entaileth blessings upon their posterity.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-20.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

7.The just man — An upright man. The critics transpose: He that walks in his integrity, a righteous man, (or is a righteous man,) happy are his children after him. Comp. Proverbs 14:26; Genesis 24:67; Job 21:21.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-20.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

children = sons.

blessed = happy. See note on Proverbs 3:13.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-20.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

The just (man) walketh in his integrity: his children (are) blessed after him. So far is it from being the case, as many suppose, that the just, by uprightness, stand in their own light, and expose themselves and their children to poverty.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-20.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(7) The just man.—Comp. Proverbs 10:2.

His children are blessed after him.—Comp. 1 Kings 15:4, Jeremiah 33:20-21.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-20.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
just
14:2; 19:1; Psalms 15:2; 26:1,11; Isaiah 33:15; Luke 1:6; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Titus 2:11,12; 3 John 1:3,4
his children
13:22; Genesis 17:7; Psalms 37:26; 112:2; Jeremiah 32:39; Acts 2:39
Reciprocal: Genesis 20:5 - in the integrity;  Deuteronomy 28:4 - GeneralJoshua 11:6 - horses;  1 Kings 9:4 - And if thou;  Ezra 9:12 - and leave it;  Psalm 25:13 - his seed;  Psalm 25:21 - GeneralIsaiah 26:7 - way;  Acts 11:14 - all;  Philippians 4:8 - are just

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-20.html.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

К чести праведника, этот стих обращает внимание на то,

(1) что он поступает хорошо для себя. Он имеет определенное правило, с помощью которого твердой рукой управляет собой: он ходит в своей непорочности. Он хранит добрую совесть и получает от этого утешение, ибо это – его похвала. Он не беспокоится, размышляя о том, что сделать, или раздумывая о делах сделанных, что испытывают те, кто живет хитростью.

(2) что он поступает хорошо для своей семьи: блаженны дети его после него; благодаря ему их участь лучше. Бог хранит милости для потомства верных.

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake.

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Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Proverbs 20:7". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
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