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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 24:23-26

Here are lessons for wise men, that is, judges and princes. As subjects must do their duty, and be obedient to magistrates, so magistrates must do their duty in administering justice to their subjects, both in pleas of the crown and causes between party and party. These are lessons for them. 1. They must always weigh the merits of a cause, and not be swayed by any regard, one way or other, to the parties concerned: It is not good in itself, nor can it ever do well, to have respect of persons... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 24:24

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous ,.... Not in a private way, or as giving his opinion or character of a man that is wicked, whom either through ignorance or flattery another may call righteous; which may be done and not resented by people and nations; but in an open court of judicature pronounced by the judge, justifying the wicked for reward, and condemning the just, which is an abomination unto the Lord; see Proverbs 17:15 ; nor should the ministers of the Gospel... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:17-29

The ignobler and the nobler spirit (See homily on Proverbs 20:22 .) There can be no question at all, for the testimony of human history is everywhere and at all times the same, as to— I. OUR DISPOSITION UNDER SIN , IN VIEW OF OUR ENEMIES . These two passages indicate it. It is both passive and active. 1 . A disposition to rejoice at their discomfiture; to exult in the secret places of the soul when we hear of their failure, of their defeat, or even of their... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:23-25

Partiality and equality in judgment I. RESPECT OF PERSONS . The literal translation is, "To distinguish persons in judgment is not good." The judge should be impartial as the pair of scales, the emblem of his office, and blind to the persons who appear before him, that is, to their rank and position, as the symbolical figure of Justice is represented to be. "One foul sentence doth more hurt than many foul examples; these do but corrupt the stream, the other corrupteth the fountain." ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:23-34

Part V . A SECOND COLLECTION , forming a second supplement to the first Solomonic book, and containing further "words of the wise." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:24

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous. The judge is supposed to be acquitting a guilty person. Him shall the people curse. The Hebrew is "peoples," as Septuagint and Vulgate, maledicient eis populi . Nations shall abhor him. Not individuals, nor families only, but the whole community, wherever such an iniquitous ruler is found, shall execrate and hate him. The voice of the people is universally against him; no one is so blind and degraded as openly to applaud his nets. The... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 24:23-26

Proverbs 24:23-26. These things also, &c. These words seem to be a new title to the proverbs which follow to the end of the chapter, and Calmet, Grotius, Grey, and some others, are of opinion the meaning is, that these proverbs were selected from the books of the wise men who lived after Solomon, to the time of Hezekiah. But it seems more probable that this short preface is only and simply intended to signify that the proverbs or counsels here following, no less than those before... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 24:1-34

Godly and ungodly citizens (24:1-34)In contrast to the destructive schemes of the wicked are the constructive acts of the wise. A life built by wisdom is likened to a strongly built and richly furnished house (24:1-4). Wisdom gives people real strength and success, but folly gives them nothing worthwhile, not even sensible words that can benefit their fellow citizens (5-7). (In ancient times the place where citizens liked to gather was the open area just inside the city gate; v. 7. There they... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Proverbs 24:24

the wicked. Unto a wicked [king]: i.e. as well as to an ordinary man. wicked = lawless. Hebrew. rasha'. App-44 . people = peoples. read more

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