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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 11:9

Here is, 1. Hypocrisy designing ill. It is not only the murderer with his sword, but the hypocrite with his mouth, that destroys his neighbour, decoying him into sin, or into mischief, by the specious pretences of kindness and good-will. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, but no tongue more fatal than the flattering tongue. 2. Honesty defeating the design and escaping the snare: Through knowledge of the devices of Satan shall the just be delivered from the snares which the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 11:9

An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour ,.... Deceives him with his flatteries and lies, and draws him into destructive schemes and practices; or "corrupts" him, as the word F9 ישחת "corrumpet", Schultens; so Pagninus, Montanus; "corrumpit", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Gejerus. signifies, and as the Targum renders it, with false doctrines; so, with fair words and good speeches, such who lie in wait to deceive impose upon the simple and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 11:9

A hypocrite with his mouth - חנף chaneph might be better translated infidel than hypocrite. The latter is one that pretends to religion; that uses it for secular purposes. The former is one who disbelieves Divine revelation, and accordingly is polluted, and lives in pollution. This is properly the force of the original word. Such persons deal in calumny and lies, and often thus destroy the character of their neighbor. Besides, they are very zealous in propagating their own infidel... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 11:1-11

The ways of honour and of shame I. JUSTICE AND INJUSTICE IN COMMON THINGS . Jehovah delights in "full weight," and abominates the tricky balance. This may be applied: 1 . Literally, to commerce between man and man. 2 . Figuratively, to all social relations in which we may give and receive. Work is only honest if thorough; if honest and thorough, it is religious. If principle be the basis of all our transactions, then what we do is done "unto the Lord, and not unto men."... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 11:3-31

The pricelessness of integrity We have here a view of the exceeding worth of moral integrity, or of righteousness; we see what, in the judgment of the wise, it will do for its possessor. It will— I. DIRECT HIS WAY . "The integrity of the upright shall guide them; …the righteousness of the perfect [ i.e. the upright] shall direct his way" ( Proverbs 11:3-5 ). And we read. ( Proverbs 10:9 ) that "he that walketh uprightly walketh surely." The man who honestly and earnestly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 11:7-10

(latter part) Two sad aspects of death Death is the most unwelcome of all themes for human thought, certainly for the thought of the wicked. Yet has he special reason for considering its approach. For it is likely to arrive sooner than if he were righteous. As we read in this chapter, "Righteousness delivereth from death" ( Proverbs 11:4 ); on the other hand, "The wicked shall fall by his own wickedness" ( Proverbs 11:5 ). "The wages of sin is death," and every departure from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 11:9

An hypocrite ( chaneph ); simulator , Vulgate. So translated continually in Job, e.g. Job 8:13 ; Job 13:16 , etc. Others take it to mean "profane," "godless." Such a man, by his falsehoods, insinuations, and slanders, destroys his neighbour as far as he is able ( Proverbs 12:6 ). Septuagint, "In the mouth of the wicked is a snare for fellow citizens." Through knowledge. By the knowledge which the just possess, and which they display by judicious counsel, peace and safety are... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 11:9

Proverbs 11:9. A hypocrite with his mouth By his corrupt communication; destroyeth his neighbour Draws him into error or sin; but through knowledge Namely, of God and of his word, which, making men wise, discovers and so prevents the frauds of deceivers; shall the just be delivered From the infection of the evil and crafty counsel of hypocrites. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 11:1-31

Prosperity; uprightness; generosity (11:1-31)People are foolish to try to get rich by dishonest methods, because dishonesty brings judgment from which riches cannot save (11:1-4). By their blameless conduct, people ensure their ultimate victory; by crookedness they ensure their downfall (5-8). When good people have influence in a city, the citizens live in peace and happiness. But each city also has its troublemakers, who are a nuisance to their neighbours and create unrest in the community... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Proverbs 11:9

mouth. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6 , for what is said by it. the just = righteous ones. read more

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