Proverbs 21

Proverbs 21:1-31 .

16. the way of understanding--(Compare Proverbs 12:26 , 14:22 ).
remain--that is, rest as at a journey's end; death will be his unchanging home.

17. Costly luxuries impoverish.

18. (Compare Proverbs 11:8 ). By suffering what they had devised for the righteous, or brought on them, the wicked became their ransom, in the usual sense of substitutes (compare Joshua 7:26 , Esther 7:9 ).

19. (Compare Proverbs 21:9 ).
wilderness--pasture, though uninhabitable ground ( Psalms 65:12 ).

20. The wise, by diligence and care, lay up and increase wealth, while fools
spend--literally, "swallow it up," greedily.

21. He who tries to act justly and kindly ( Psalms 34:14 ) will prosper and obtain justice and honor.

22. "Wisdom is better than strength" ( Ecclesiastes 7:19 , 9:15 ).
strength . . . thereof--that in which they confide.

23. (Compare Proverbs 13:2 Proverbs 13:3 , 3:6-10 ).

24. The reproachful name is deserved by those who treat others with anger and contempt.

25. desire--that is of ease and idleness brings him to starvation.

26. The sin of covetousness marks the sluggard, as the virtue of benevolence the righteous.

27. God regards the heart, and hypocrisy is more odious than open inconsistency.
wicked mind--or, "design" ( Proverbs 1:4 ).

28. (Compare Proverbs 19:5 ).
that heareth--or heeds instruction, and so grows wise.
speaketh constantly--or sincerely (compare Habakkuk 1:5 ), and hence is believed ( Proverbs 12:19 , 1:19 ).

29. hardeneth his face--is obstinate.
directeth . . . way--considers it, and acts advisedly.

30, 31. Men's best devices and reliances are vain compared with God's, or without His aid ( Proverbs 19:21 , Psalms 20:7 , 33:17 ).

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