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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 18

Verse 1: If we would get knowledge and grace, we must try all methods of improving ourselves. (2). Those make nothing to purpose, of learning or religion, whose only design is to have something to make a show with. (3). As soon as sin entered, shame followed. (4). The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. (5). The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. (6,7). What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! (8). How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! (9). Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. (10,11). The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. (12). After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. (13). Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. (14). Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? (15). We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. (16). Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls. (17). It is well to listen to our enemies, that we may form a better judgment of ourselves. (18). It was customary sometimes to refer matters to God, by casting lots, with solemn prayer. The profaning the lot, by using it in matters of diversion, or coveting what belongs to others, forms an objection to this now.

(19). Great care must be taken to prevent quarrels among relations and those under obligations to each other. Wisdom and grace make it easy to forgive; but corruption makes it difficult. (20). The belly is here put for the heart, as elsewhere; and what that is filled with, our satisfaction will be accordingly, and our inward peace. (21). Many a one has caused his own death, or the death of others, by a false or injurious tongue. (22). A good wife is a great blessing to a man, and it is a token of Divine favour. (23). Poverty tells men they must not order or demand. And at the throne of God's grace we are all poor, and must use entreaties. (24). Christ Jesus never will forsake those who trust in and love him. May we be such friends to others, for our Master's sake. Having loved his own, which were in the world, he loved them unto the end; and we are his friends if we do whatever he commands us, (Joh 15:14).

David Burnette's Life Application

Elevating Ourselves

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 18. In our text today we see more wisdom as the Lord lays out many cause and effects of making wise decisions. Today there is a focus on the foolishness. In making application we see that those who put themselves before the instruction of the Lord give themselves over to foolishness. How about you? Have you made any foolish decisions in life? Let us learn from our text today to remember that foolishness comes when we elevate ourselves over the Lord and His Word instead of placing Him first in all that we do or say.


Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18

 1Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

 2A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

 3When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

 4The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

 5It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

 6A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

 7A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

 8The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

 9He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 11The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

 12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

 13He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

 14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

 15The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

 16A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

 17He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

 18The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

 19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

 20A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

 22Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

 23The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

 24A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.