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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 15:3

The great truths of divinity are of great use to enforce the precepts of morality, and none more than this?That the eye of God is always upon the children of men. 1. An eye to discern all, not only from which nothing can be concealed, but by which every thing is actually inspected, and nothing overlooked or looked slightly upon: The eyes of the Lord are in every place; for he not only sees all from on high (Ps. 33:13), but he is every where present. Angels are full of eyes (Rev. 4:8), but God... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place ,.... Which are expressive of his omniscience, of the full, clear, distinct, and perfect knowledge, which he has of all creatures and things; so that nothing is hid from him, but all open and manifest to him; as they are to Christ the essential Word, Hebrews 4:13 ; and also of the providence of God with respect to all persons in general, and to his own people in particular; and as he is infinite and immense, omnipresent and in all places of the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place - He not only sees all things, by his omnipresence, but his providence is everywhere. And if the consideration that his eye is in every place, have a tendency to appal those whose hearts are not right before him, and who seek for privacy, that they may commit iniquity; yet the other consideration, that his providence is everywhere, has a great tendency to encourage the upright, and all who may be in perilous or distressing circumstances. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 15:1-7

Virtues and vices of the tongue I. MILDNESS AND VIOLENCE . ( Proverbs 15:1 .) The soft answer is like the water which quenches, and the bitter retort, the "grievous words," like the oil which increases the conflagration of wrath. As scriptural examples of the former, may be mentioned Jacob with Esau ( Genesis 32:1-32 , Genesis 33:1-20 ), Aaron with Moses (Le Proverbs 10:16-20 ), the Reubenites with their brethren ( Joshua 22:15-34 ), Gideon with the men of Ephraim ( 8:1-3 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding —keeping watch on— the evil and the good. The omnipresence and omniscience of Jehovah, the covenant God, is strongly insisted upon, and the sacred name recurs continually in this and the next chapter, and indeed throughout this Book of the Proverbs (see Wordsworth, in loc. ) . The LXX . renders the verb σκοπεύοιυσι "are watching," as from a tower or high place. To the usual references we may add Ec Proverbs 15:18 , Proverbs... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord. I. GOD HAS EYES . We must always describe the Infinite and Invisible One in figurative language. But just as we speak of the arms and hands of God when thinking of his power and activity, so we cannot better conceive of his wonderful observing faculty than by saying that he has eyes. God can see; he can watch his creatures. It would be an awful thing if the universe were governed by a blind power. Yet that is the condition imagined by those who regard force,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 15:3

The omnipresence of God I. GOD IS A SPIRIT . We cannot exhaust the sublimity, the awfulness, the comfort, the meaning, in this thought. II. GOD SEES ALL AND KNOWS ALL . Both the good and the evil. In looking upon evil deeds which pass unchastised in appearance, we are ready to exclaim, "And yet God has never spoken a word!" But God has seen, and will requite. III. HENCE LET US POSSESS OUR SOULS IN PATIENCE . Commit them unto him in well doing, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 15:3

God's searching glance The text, with others treating of the same subject, assures us, concerning the Divine notice of us, that— I. IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNIVERSAL . The eyes of the Lord are "in every place." There is no secret place, however screened from the sight of man, which is not "naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (see Psalms 139:1-24 ; Jeremiah 23:24 ; Hebrews 4:13 ). II. IT IS CONSTANT . Absolutely unintermitted, day and night;... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 15:2-4

Proverbs 15:2-4. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright Expressing what he knows prudently and gracefully; taking due care both what, and when, and to whom, and in what manner he speaks; but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness Plentifully, continually, promiscuously, and vehemently, as a fountain doth waters, as the word יביע signifies. A wholesome tongue Which utters sound and useful counsels; is a tree of life Is very useful to preserve the present life, and to promote... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 15:1-33

Bringing joy to others (15:1-33)Words can easily cheer others or enrage them, help them or hinder them. Therefore, people should think carefully about what they say (15:1-5). In addition to being wise in their speech, they must be honest in the way they earn their income (6-7). In fact, they must be upright in all aspects of their daily lives. Only then will God, from whom nothing can be hidden, accept their sacrifices and prayers (8-11). Another matter concerning habits of speech is that those... read more

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