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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 23:6-8

Those that are voluptuous and given to appetite (Prov. 23:2) are glad to be where there is good cheer stirring, and those that are covetous and saving, that they may spare at home, will be glad to get a dinner at another man's table; and therefore both are here advised not to be forward to accept of every man's invitation, but especially not to thrust themselves in uninvited. Observe, 1. There are those that pretend to bid their friends welcome that are not hearty and sincere in it. They have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 23:8

The morsel which thou hast eaten, shalt thou vomit up ,.... It shall turn in thy stomach, thou shall not be able to keep it, when thou understandest thou art not welcome; or thou wilt wish thou hadst never eaten a bit, or that thou couldest vomit up what thou hast; so disagreeable is the thought of being unwelcome, or when this appears to be the case; and lose thy sweet words ; expressed in thankfulness to the master of the feast, in praise of his food, in pleasantry with him, and the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 23:8

The morsel which thou hast eaten - On reflection thou wilt even blame thyself for having accepted his invitation. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 23:1-8

Hints and warnings on conduct I. PERILS OF COURTLY LIFE . ( Proverbs 23:1-3 .) The Arab proverb says, "He who sups with the sultan burns his lips," and, "With kings one sits at the table for honour's sake, not for that of appetite." Horace says that kings are said to press dainties and wine upon those whom they desire to scrutinize and test, as to whether they be worthy of friendship. The caution is therefore one dictated by prudence. And in general it may be thus understood:... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 23:6-8

Another maxim, here a heptastich, concerning temperance. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 23:6-8

The graces of giving, receiving, and refusing The text treats of a hospitality which does not deserve the name, and of our duty when we are invited to accept a glint that is grudged. It thus opens the whole subject of giving and receiving. There are three graces here. I. THE GRACE OF GIVING . This is one which is readily recognized as heaven born. 1 . God commends it to us. He says, "Give, and it shall be given unto you" ( Luke 6:38 ); "Give to him that asketh thee" ( ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 23:8

The morsel which thou hast eaten shall thou vomit up. Food thus grudgingly bestowed will only create disgust, and do thee no good; thou wilt feel annoyed to have eaten it, and wilt long to get rid of it. And lose thy sweet words. You will have expended in vain your civil speeches and thanks for the entertainment provided for you; you really owe no gratitude for fare so grudgingly bestowed. Some think that by the "sweet words" are meant the conversation at table with which you have... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 23:6-8

Proverbs 23:6-8. Eat not thou the bread of him that hath an evil eye Of an envious or covetous man, who secretly grudges thee the meat which is set before thee. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he Thou must not judge of him by his words, for in them he professes kindness, (as it follows,) but by the constant temper of his mind, which he hath fully discovered to all that know him by the course of his life. Eat and drink, saith he, but his heart is not with thee He hath no sincere... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 23:1-35

Social-climbers and others (23:1-35)Those who seek status like to mix with the upper classes and try to copy their habits. But because of their ignorance of how to eat fine foods, they make fools of themselves and so spoil their chances of progressing up the social ladder. The food they desire becomes the means of their downfall (23:1-3). The desire for wealth can lead to disappointment (4-5), and the efforts to win the favour of others may win only their disfavour. This may particularly be the... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Proverbs 23:8

8. The morsel . . . words—that is, disgusted with his true character, all pleasant intercourse will be destroyed. read more

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