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  • JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN - PROVERBS 15
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    CHAPTER 15

    Pr 15:1-33.

    1. soft--tender or gentle.
    - turneth . . . wrath--from any one.
    - stir up--as a smouldering fire is excited.

    2. useth . . . aright--commends knowledge by its proper use.
    - poureth out--utters abundantly (Pr 12:23), and so disgusts others.

    3. beholding--watching (compare Pr 5:21; Ps 66:7).

    4. A wholesome tongue--(Compare Margin), pacifying and soothing language.
    - tree of life-- (Pr 3:18; 11:30).
    - perverseness therein--cross, ill-natured language.
    - breach . . . spirit--(compare Isa 65:14, Hebrew), grieves, instead of appeasing.

    5. (Compare Pr 4:1; 10:17; 13:1-18).
    - is prudent--acts discreetly.

    6. treasure--implying utility.
    - trouble--vexation and affliction.

    7. (Compare Pr 10:20, 21).
    - heart . . . not so--not right, or vain.

    8, 9. The sacrifice [and] prayer--are acts of worship.
    - way . . . followeth . . . righteousness--denote conduct. God's regard for the worship and deeds of the righteous and wicked respectively, so stated in Ps 50:17; Isa 1:11.

    10. (Compare Pr 10:17).
    - the way--that in which God would have him to go (Pr 2:13; Ps 119:1).

    11. Hell-- (Ps 16:10).
    - destruction--or, "Abaddon," the place of the destroyer. All the unseen world is open to God, much more men's hearts.

    12. (Compare Pr 9:8).
    - go unto the wise--to be instructed.

    13. maketh . . . countenance--or, "benefits the countenance."
    - spirit is broken--and so the countenance is sad.

    14. (Compare Pr 10:21, 22). The wise grow wiser, the fools more foolish (Pr 9:9).

    15. The state of the heart governs the outward condition.
    - evil--sad, contrasted with the cheerfulness of a feast.

    16. trouble--agitation, implying the anxieties and perplexities attending wealth held by worldlings (Pr 16:18; 1Ti 6:6).

    17. dinner--or, "allowance" (2Ki 25:30) --
    - of herbs--and that the plainest.
    - and hatred--(compare Pr 10:12, 18).

    18. (Compare Pr 14:29; 16:32).

    19. The difficulties of the slothful result from want of energy; the righteous find a
    - plain [and open] way--literally, "a highway," by diligence (1Sa 10:7; Ps 1:3).

    20. (Compare Pr 10:1).

    21. walketh uprightly--and so finds his joy (Pr 3:6; 10:23).

    22. Without counsel--or, "deliberation," implying a wise deference to the opinions of the wise and good, contrasted with rashness.

    23. Good advice blesses the giver and receiver.

    24. (Compare Col 3:2). Holy purposes prevent sinning, and so its evils.

    25. The most desolate who have God's aid have more permanent good than the self-reliant sinner (Pr 2:22; 12:7).
    - border--or, "boundary for possessions" (Ps 78:54).

    26. are pleasant words--that is, pleasing to God (Pr 8:8, 9).

    27. (Compare Pr 11:17). Avarice brings trouble to him and his.
    - hateth gifts--or, "bribes" (Ex 23:8; Ps 15:5), and is not avaricious.

    28. (Compare Pr 15:14; 10:11). Caution is the fruit of wisdom; rashness of folly.

    29. far . . . wicked--in His love and favor (Ps 22:11; 119:155).

    30. light of the eyes-- (Pr 13:9). What gives light rejoiceth the heart, by relieving from anxiety as to our course; so
    - good report--or, "doctrine" (Isa 28:9; 53:1),
    - maketh . . . fat--or, "gives prosperity" (Pr 3:13-17; 9:11). The last clause is illustrated by the first.

    31, 32. (Compare Pr 10:17).
    - reproof of life--which leads to life.
    - abideth . . . wise--is numbered among them.

    32. refuseth--or, "neglects," "passes by" (Pr 1:25; 4:15).
    - despiseth . . . soul--so acts as if esteeming its interests of no value.

    33. The fear . . . wisdom--Wisdom instructs in true piety.
    - before . . . humility--(compare Lu 24:26; 1Pe 1:11); opposite (compare Pr 16:18).

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