Proverbs 1:23

23 If you turn at my reproof,[a] behold, I will 1pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Proverbs 1:23 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:23

Turn ye at my reproof
Or rather "to my reproof", for the words are not an exhortation to the conversion of the heart, or to him repentance; but to an attendance to the external ministry of the word preached, which reproves of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and does not design the turning of the heart to it, which is God's work, but the turning of the face and ears to hear it; and so the Targum,

``turn your face to my reproof,''
and not your backs, as they did, showing a dislike of it; or, as Aben Ezra,
``turn ye to hear my reproof;''
turn your ears and listen to it, and do not pull away the shoulder, or stop your ears that you may not hear it; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you;
not "upon you", but "unto you": for the Holy Spirit of God is not here designed, and the effusion of his gifts, ordinary and extraordinary, or of his special grace; but the mind of Wisdom, or Christ, as the word is used in ( Proverbs 29:11 ) . Some interpret it, "here, my will" F4; the external revelation of his will made in the ministry of the word, by whom "grace and truth", the doctrines of grace and truth, "came" in their full extent, ( John 1:17 ) ; for as the doctrines of "grace [were] poured into [his] lips", ( Psalms 45:2 ) , so they were poured out by them again, out of his heart, as out of a fountain or well, as the word F5 here used signifies; which denotes the large and abundant revelation of the Gospel by Christ, and is mentioned as an encouragement to men to attend unto it; which sense is confirmed by what follows; I will make known my words unto you;
the doctrines of the Gospel, words of grace and wisdom, and such as never man spake as Christ did, his enemies being witnesses; the words of peace and reconciliation, of life and righteousness, and of eternal salvation, which were made known in a ministerial way by Christ and his apostles; but the Jews were such fools as to hate and despise the knowledge of these things; wherefore it follows:

F4 So some in Ben Melech.
F5 (heyba) "fluere, vel scaturire faciam", Baynus; "scatebrae instar effundam", Cocceius, Michaelis; "scaturiam", Gussetius; "ebulliam", Schultens; so Ben Melech.

Proverbs 1:23 In-Context

21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or Will you turn away at my reproof?