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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 19:3

We have here two instances of men's folly:?1. That they bring themselves into straits and troubles, and run themselves a-ground, and embarrass themselves: The foolishness of man perverts his way. Men meet with crosses and disappointments in their affairs, and things do not succeed as they expected and wished, and it is owing to themselves and their own folly; it is their own iniquity that corrects them. 2. That when they have done so they lay the blame upon God, and their hearts fret against... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 19:3

The foolishness of man perverteth his way ,.... The sinfulness of his heart and nature; the folly which is bound up in it causes him to go astray out of the way in which he should go, or makes things go cross with him; so that the ways he takes do not prosper, nor his schemes succeed; but everything goes against him, and he is brought into straits and difficulties; and his heart fretteth against the Lord ; laying all the blame on him; and ascribing his ill success, not to his own sin and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 19:3

The foolishness of man - Most men complain of cross providences, because they get into straits and difficulties through the perverseness of their ways; and thus they fret against God; whereas, in every instance, they are the causes of their own calamities. O how inconsistent is man! read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 19:1-7

The lowly and gentle life He who is truly humble before his God will be sweet, kind, and peaceable in his relations to men. I. THE ATTRIBUTES OF THIS LIFE . ( Proverbs 19:1-3 .) 1 . It is the life of innocence, in the seeking to have a conscience "void of offence toward God and toward men." This makes poverty rich and privation blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is for such. The consciousness of being dear to God is the true wealth of the soul; the sense of being... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 19:3

The foolishness of man perverteth his way; rather, overturns, turns from the right direction and causes a man to fall ( Proverbs 13:6 ). It is his own folly that leads him to his ruin; but he will not see this, and blames the providence of God. And his heart fretteth against the Lord. Septuagint, "He accuseth God in his heart" (comp. Ezekiel 18:25 , Ezekiel 18:29 ; Ezekiel 33:17 , Ezekiel 33:20 ). Ec Proverbs 15:11 , etc; "Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I foil... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 19:3

Fretting against the Lord This is a condition of inward rebellion, or at best of grieving over the will of God instead of submitting to it in silence if it is not yet within our power to embrace it with affection. Consider this condition in its various relations. I. IT IS POSSIBLE . It might be supposed that, however one fretted against his circumstances, he would not carry his complainings hack to God. But Moses told the Israelites that when they murmured against him they were... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 19:3

Disquietude and complaint We have— I. GOD 'S RIGHTEOUS WAY . The way in which God intended man to walk was that way of wisdom, all of whose paths are peace. This divinely appointed way is that of holy service. Man, like every other being above him, and every other creature below him in the universe, was created to serve. We were created to serve our God and out kind; and in this double service we should find our rest and our heritage. This, which is God's way, should have been... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 19:1-29

Lessons heeded and ignored (19:1-29)Moral uprightness is more important than wealth, and wise action is more important than hasty action. People are foolish when they blame God for the trouble they bring upon themselves through their own mistakes (19:1-3).Often the reason the rich have many friends is that these ‘friends’ hope to gain personally from their wealth or influence (4-6). The poor lose their friends, though in a sense they are rich if they maintain their understanding (7-8). People... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Proverbs 19:3

foolishness. Hebrew. 'evil. See note on Proverbs 1:7 . Not the same word as in verses: Proverbs 19:1 , Proverbs 19:10 , Proverbs 19:13 , Proverbs 1:29 . man. Hebrew. 'adam. App-14 . perverteth: or subverteth. fretteth against = is angry with. Illustrations: Adam (Genesis 3:12 ); Cain (Genesis 4:13 , Genesis 4:14 ); Jehoram (2 Kings 3:10 , 2 Kings 3:13 ; 2 Kings 6:33 ); Jonah (Jonah 4:1 , Jonah 4:4 , Jonah 4:9 ); Israel (Numbers 14:2 , Numbers 14:3 ; Numbers 20:2-5 ; Numbers 21:4-6 .... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Proverbs 19:3

"The foolishness of man subverteth his way; And his heart fretteth against Jehovah.""It is a foolish thing for us to fall into difficulty (due to our own stubbornness or foolishness) and then to blame God for our calamities which we have brought upon ourselves."[4] read more

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