Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 30:11

There is a kind of man who curses his father And does not bless his mother.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Mother;   Thompson Chain Reference - Blasphemy-Profanity;   Children;   Cursing;   Dishonouring Parents;   Home;   Parents;   Ungrateful Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Children, Wicked;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Proverb, the Book of;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Family Life and Relations;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Pardon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Proverbs, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Agur;   Generation;   Jakeh;   Massa;   Proverbs, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Generation;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Proverbs, Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Generation;   Relationships, Family;   Woman;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Blessing of Children;   Blessing and Cursing;   Cursing;   Father;   Generation;   Poetry;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

There is a generation - There are such persons in the world. In this and the three following verses the wise man points out four grand evils that prevailed in his time.

The first, Those who not only did not honor, but who evil-treated, their parents.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-30.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

As the teacher had uttered what he most desired, so now he tells what he most abhorred; and in true-harmony with the teaching of the Ten Commandments places in the foremost rank those who rise against the Fifth.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-30.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

A SERIES OF TETRADS

(A tetrad is a wise saying with four lines or four elements.)

1

"There is a generation that curse their father, and bless not their mother.

There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes,

And yet are not washed from their filthiness.

There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.

There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw-teeth as knives,

To devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men."

"In all of these sequences of three things, yea, four, it is the climactic fourth that is emphasized."[14] This was a commonly accepted teaching device among the Jews. The first two chapters of Amos are an example of this method. Harris noted that Jesus also utilized the same device, as for example, in the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount,[15] where one finds two tetrads (Matthew 5:3-6; and Matthew 5:7-10). The evil character of the generation described here strongly resembles that which is described in the prophecy of Amos.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-30.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

There is a generation that curseth their father,.... A sort of men that neither fear God nor regard men; and are so inhuman as to be without natural affections to their parents; have no reverence of them, love to them, nor give them any honour or obedience; so far from it, that they curse their father that begot them; imprecate on him all the evils in life they can think of, and wish him out of the world;

and doth not bless their mother; cannot give her a good word, who bore them, and brought them up in the most tender and indulgent manner; yea, so unnatural as to curse her also, for that is intended by this way of speaking; see Proverbs 30:17.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-30.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

A generation — A sort of men.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-30.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 30:11 [There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Ver. 11. There is a generation that curseth their father.] An evil and an adulterous generation, doubtless; a bastardly brood, (a) as were those in the gospel; "a generation of vipers," (b) that make their way into the world by their dams’ death. These monsters of men are doomed to destruction. [Leviticus 20:9] Hell gapes for them, as also it doth for such as revile or denigrate their masters, magistrates, ministers, benefactors, ancients. There is a certain plant which our herbalists call Herbam impiam, or wicked cudweed, (c) whose younger branches still yield flowers to overtop the older. Such weeds grow too rife abroad; it is an ill soil that produceth them. But of this before.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-30.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A generation; a sort of men, abominable both to God and men; which is implied concerning these and the following kinds of sinners, Proverbs 30:12-14.

Their father, and mother too, as it follows; ungrateful and unnatural monsters.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-30.html. 1685.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-30.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(11) There is a generation . . .—The words “there is” are not in the Hebrew, so it is left in doubt what is the predicate of these four evil “generations,” whether Agur means by them to describe the men of his own time, or to say that such are unbearable. (Comp. Proverbs 30:21.) The same characters are to be found in the description of men of the “last days” (2 Timothy 3:1 sqq).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-30.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
a generation
12-14; Matthew 3:7; 1 Peter 2:9
that curseth
17; 20:20; Leviticus 20:9; Deuteronomy 21:20,21; 27:16; Matthew 15:4-6; Mark 7:10-13
doth
1 Timothy 5:4,8
Reciprocal: Exodus 20:12 - Honour;  Exodus 21:15 - GeneralExodus 21:17 - curseth;  Leviticus 19:3 - fear;  Deuteronomy 21:18 - have a stubborn;  2 Samuel 15:3 - there is;  Proverbs 6:20 - GeneralProverbs 19:26 - wasteth;  Proverbs 23:22 - despise;  Ezekiel 22:7 - set;  Micah 7:6 - son;  Malachi 1:6 - son;  Ephesians 6:1 - obey;  Colossians 3:20 - obey;  1 Timothy 1:9 - murderers

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:11". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-30.html.