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  • JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN - PROVERBS 29
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    CHAPTER 29

    Pr 29:1-27.

    1. hardeneth . . . neck--obstinately refuses counsel (2Ki 17:14; Ne 9:16).
    - destroyed--literally, "shivered" or "utterly broken to pieces."
    - without remedy--literally, "without healing" or repairing.

    2. (Compare Pr 11:10; 28:28).
    - in authority--(Compare Margin), increased in power.

    3. (Compare Pr 4:6, 7; 10:1, &c.).

    4. by judgment--that is, righteous decisions, opposed to those procured by gifts (compare Pr 28:21), by which good government is perverted.
    - land--for nation.

    5. (Compare Pr 26:28).
    - spreadeth . . . feet--By misleading him as to his real character, the flatterer brings him to evil, prepared by himself or others.

    6. In--or, "By"
    - the transgression--he is brought into difficulty (Pr 12:13), but the righteous go on prospering, and so sing or rejoice.

    7. considereth--literally, "knows," as Ps 1:6.
    - the cause--that is, in courts of justice (compare Pr 29:14). The voluntary neglect of it by the wicked (Pr 28:27) occasions oppression.

    8. Scornful men--those who contemptuously disregard God's law.
    - bring--(Compare Margin), kindle strife.
    - turn away wrath--that is, "abate wrath."

    9. contendeth--that is, in law.
    - whether . . . laugh--The fool, whether angry or good-humored, is unsettled; or referring the words to the wise man, the sense is, that all his efforts, severe or gentle, are unavailing to pacify the fool.

    10. bloodthirsty--(Compare Margin), murderers (Ps 5:6; 26:9).
    - hate, &c.-- (Pr 1:11; Ge 3:4).
    - seek . . . soul--that is, to preserve it.

    11. (Compare Pr 12:16; 16:32).
    - mind--or, "spirit," for anger or any ill passion which the righteous restrain.

    12. His servants imitate him.

    13. (Compare Pr 22:2).
    - deceitful man--literally, "man of vexations," an exactor.
    - the Lord . . . their eyes--sustains their lives (1Sa 14:27; Ps 13:3); that is, both depend on Him, and He will do justice.

    14. (Compare Pr 20:28; 25:5). Such is the character of the King of kings (Ps 72:4, 12).

    15. (Compare Pr 13:24; 23:13).

    16. (Compare Pr 29:2, 12; Ps 12:1-8).
    - shall see . . . fall--and triumph in it (Ps 37:34-38; 58:10, 11).

    17. (Compare Pr 29:3, 15; Pr 19:18).
    - give thee rest--peace and quiet (compare Pr 29:9).

    18. no vision--instruction in God's truth, which was by prophets, through visions (1Sa 3:1).
    - people perish--(Compare Margin), are deprived of moral restraints.
    - keepeth the law--has, and observes, instruction (Pr 14:11, 34; Ps 19:11).

    19. A servant--who lacks good principle.
    - corrected--or discovered.
    - will not answer--that is, will not obey.

    20. (Compare Pr 21:5).
    - hasty in . . . words?--implying self-conceit (Pr 26:12).

    21. become his son--assume the place and privileges of one.

    22. (Compare Pr 15:18). Such are delighted by discord and violence.

    23. (Compare Pr 16:18; 18:12).
    - honour . . . spirit--or, "such shall lay hold on honor" (Pr 11:16).

    24. hateth . . . soul--(Compare Pr 8:36).
    - heareth cursing-- (Le 5:1), risks the punishment, rather than reveal truth.

    25. The fear . . . snare--involves men in difficulty (compare Pr 29:6).
    - shall be safe--(Compare Margin; Pr 18:10).

    26. (Compare Margin; Ps 27:8). God alone will and can do exact justice.

    27. (Compare Pr 3:32). On last clause, compare Pr 29:16; Ps 37:12.

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