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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 24:3-6

We are tempted to envy those that grow rich, and raise their estates and families, by such unjust courses as our consciences will by no means suffer us to use. But, to set aside that temptation, Solomon here shows that a man, with prudent management, may raise his estate and family by lawful and honest means, with a good conscience, and a good name, and the blessing of God upon his industry; and, if the other be raised a little sooner, yet these will last a great deal longer. 1. That which is... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong ,.... He can do that sometimes by his wisdom, and which requires strength and courage too, which another cannot do by his strength; see Proverbs 21:22 . This may be understood of one that is spiritually wise, wise unto salvation, wise for another world, is made to know true wisdom in the hidden part. The Stoic philosophers say much of their wise man; that he is happy, and rich, and mighty, and even a king; all which may be said more truly of a good man; he is strong,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong - His wisdom enables him to construct a great variety of machines, by which, under his own influence, he can do the labor of a hundred or even a thousand men. But in all cases wisdom gives power and influence; and he who is wise to salvation can overcome even Satan himself. The Septuagint has: "The wise is better than the strong; and the man who has prudence, than a stout husbandman." read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:3-6

Wisdom edifies and invigorates How fine a word is "edification," building up , in its moral and Christian uses! Here the image of the house is directly introduced, and may be variously applied. I. WISDOM THE FOUNDATION OF DOMESTIC STABILITY AND HAPPINESS . ( Proverbs 24:3 , Proverbs 24:4 .) The same great principles apply in the least as well as the most important things. Every day brings humble occasions for the practice of the grandest laws, no less in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:3-6

Building with wisdom God is the Divine Builder. "He that built all things is God" ( Hebrews 3:4 ). Man, also, is a great builder. The whole scenery of the earth is not a little changed by the houses and temples, by the bridges and factories, by the manifold structures of every size and shape, that he has built. But these are not the most serious and important of his works. We look at— I. THE HOUSES WE ARE BUILDING . Of these, three are the most deserving of attention. 1 ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 24:5

A wise man is strong. בעוז , "in strength," full of strength, because, however feeble in body, he is wise in counsel, firm in purpose, brave in conduct, thoroughly to be depended upon, and supported by his perfect trust in God (comp. Proverbs 21:22 ). The Septuagint, with which agree the Syriac and Chaldee, reading differently, renders, "A wise man is better than a strong man"—a sentiment which Lesetre compares to Cicoro's "cedant arma togae." A man of knowledge increaseth strength; ... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 24:3-6

Proverbs 24:3-6. Through wisdom is a house built There is no need that thou shouldst raise thyself and family by ruining others, as the manner of wicked men is; for thou mayest more easily and effectually do it by wisdom and the fear of God. And by knowledge Which, in the phraseology of the Scriptures, includes the love and practice of that which we know. A wise man is strong Is courageous and resolute, and able by wisdom to do greater things than others can accomplish by their own... 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 24:5

A wise man, &c. = A strong man [if wise] is strong indeed. Aramaean, Syriac, and Septuagint read "[Better] a wise man than a mighty". man. Hebrew. geber. App-14 . increaseth strength. Aram, and Syriac read "than one who is strong". read more

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