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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 14:17

Note, 1. Passionate men are justly laughed at. Men who are peevish and touchy, and are soon angry upon every the least provocation, deal foolishly; they say and do that which is ridiculous, and so expose themselves to contempt; they themselves cannot but be ashamed of it when the heat is over. The consideration of this should engage those especially who are in reputation for wisdom and honour with the utmost care to bridle their passion. 2. Malicious men are justly dreaded and detested, for... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 14:17

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly ,.... A man that is quick and short, of a hasty spirit, and presently discovers anger and resentment in his face; he says and does many foolish things, which he afterwards is sorry for, and repents, and is ashamed of; and he is to be pitied and forgiven; and a man of wicked devices is hated ; one that hides his anger, covers his resentment, contrives schemes to revenge himself, and waits an opportunity to put them in execution, is justly hateful... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 14:17

He that is soon angry - אפים קצר ketsar appayim , "short of nostrils:" because, when a man is angry, his nose is contracted, and drawn up towards his eyes. Dealeth foolishly - He has no time for reflection; he is hurried on by his passions, speaks like a fool, and acts like a madman. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 14:8-19

The understanding of one's way I. THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE . ( Proverbs 14:8 .) To note, to observe, to take heed to one's way, is the characteristic of the man who is prudent for time and wise for eternity. And, on the contrary, the very principle of folly is self-deception—to be followed in turn by a terrible awakening to sobriety and recognition of the truth (comp. Psalms 7:15 ; Job 4:8 ). The right way is illustrated both positively and negatively. II. SOME PARTICULAR ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 14:17

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly. The contrast to the irascible, passionate man is seen in the man slow to anger ( Proverbs 14:29 ; Proverbs 15:18 ). Such a one, in his haste and passion, does things which in calmer moments he must see are foolish and ridiculous. Says Euripides ('Hyp.,' Fragm.)— ἔξω γὰρ ὀργῆς πᾶς ἀνὴρ σοφώτερος "Wiser is every man from passion freed." "Be not angry," says the Talmud, "and you will not sin." Cato, 'Dist.,' 1:37— " Ipse tibi... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 14:17

Proverbs 14:17. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly His passion hurries him into many rash and foolish speeches and actions; and a man of wicked devices One who, it may be, suppresses his passion, but designs and meditates revenge, watching for the fittest opportunities of executing it; is hated Both by God and men; as being most deeply malicious, and like the devil, and most dangerous and pernicious to human society. The LXX. translate this verse, Οξυθυμος πρασσει μετα αβουλιας ,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 14:1-35

Hidden feelings and motives (14:1-35)Wisdom builds, but folly destroys. People’s actions reveal their attitude to God (14:1-2). The wisdom of their speech and their commitment to hard work are among the things that determine whether they progress or come to ruin (3-5). Those who think they know everything can never become truly wise and therefore can never have right discernment in the moral issues of life (6-8).Good people may prosper and evil people may suffer loss, but outward appearances do... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Proverbs 14:17

"He that is soon angry will deal foolishly; And a man of wicked devices is hated."As this stands, "The proverb compares two bad dispositions by their outcome and by their impression upon others";[18] but by a slight emendation (which some current translators accept), we get, "A person who becomes angry easily does foolish things, but a wise person is patient."[19] Either way the proverb is true. read more

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