Bible Commentaries

Proverbs 29

Verses 1-27

Verse Proverbs 29:2. The sentiment of this proverb often recurs. On the surface it hardly appears to be true. To observe long issues is to be convinced of the absolute accuracy of the sentiment.

Verse Proverbs 29:8. A fine motto for engraving on the walls of the Foreign Office of any nation.

Verse Proverbs 29:13. That is to say, all intelligence is a divine gift, whether it be used in righteousness or in wickedness. Sin is always the prostitution of a God-given power to base purposes.

Verse Proverbs 29:18. This proverb teaches that the one cohesive principle in national life is the consciousness of God which issues in true social conditions.

Verse Proverbs 29:21. This is a simple statement of a fact. Whether it be one of blessing or of evil depends on the Christian's servant. An evil servant treated well assumes the position of a son in arrogance. A good servant treated well assumes the position of a son in devotion.

Verse Proverbs 29:24. In this proverb the words, "He heareth the adjuration and uttereth nothing," is a purely technical term of the courts, which means that a man who, while not the actual thief is yet in fellowship with him, will on his oath perjure his soul.

Verse 27. A statement of the necessary and abiding antipathy between righteousness and unrighteousness.