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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 28:13

Here is, 1. The folly of indulging sin, of palliating and excusing it, denying or extenuating it, diminishing it, dissembling it, or throwing the blame of it upon others: He that thus covers his sins shall not prosper, let him never expect it. He shall not succeed in his endeavour to cover his sin, for it will be discovered, sooner or later. There is nothing hid which shall not be revealed. A bird of the air shall carry the voice. Murder will out, and so will other sins. He shall not prosper,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 28:13

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper ,.... God may cover a man's sins, and it is an instance of his grace, and it is the glory of it to do it, but a man may not cover his own: it is right in one good man to cover the sins of another, reproving him secretly, and freely forgiving him; but it is wrong in a man to cover his own: not that any man is bound to accuse himself before a court of judicature, or ought to expose his sins to the public, which would be to the hurt of his credit, and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 28:13

He that covereth his sins - Here is a general direction relative to conversion. If the sinner do not acknowledge his sins; if he cover and excuse them, and refuse to come to the light of God's word and Spirit, lest his deeds should be reproved, he shall find no salvation. God will never admit a sinful, unhumbled soul, into his kingdom. 2. But if he confess his sin, with a penitent and broken heart, and, by forsaking every evil way, give this proof that he feels his own sore, and the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:1-25

(latter part) The source of disturbance and the secret of security We hardly need the pen of the wise man to assure us that— I. SIN MEANS DISTURBANCE TO OUR SOUL . 1 . It is bad enough to be unfortunate ; to suffer from privation or loss. 2 . It is far worse to be guilty . We soon accommodate ourselves to our misfortunes; we readily adjust ourselves to our circumstances, even though these may be very narrow. But sin strikes deep, and its wound lasts long.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:12-28

Hidden manhood The two main truths here taught have been anticipated by a foregoing proverb, viz. the advantage to society of promoting the good; and the injury done by the advancement of the wicked (see Proverbs 11:10 ). But there is a truth suggested by the wise man's language which does not elsewhere appear; he says that when the wicked rise "a man is hidden," that "men hide themselves." The fact here alluded to is clear enough; we have often read, or have frequently observed, that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:13

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper. To cover one's sins is either absolutely to disown them or to make excuses; a man who does this is never free from a burden of guilt, as the psalmist says, "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me" ( Psalms 32:3 , etc.). Whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Confession alone without amendment, or what is called theologically satisfaction, does not... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:13-14

Confession I. IT IS DANGEROUS FOR A MAN fro DENY HIS SIN . 1 . It is false . If a man pretends to be virtuous when he knows that he is guilty, that man's life is a lie. He lives in a continuous falsehood. Such a condition is rotten, turning his whole course into a delusion, and leading to a confused estimate of right and wrong. The very landmarks of righteousness are lost sight of in a fog of bewildering pretences. 2 . It precludes forgiveness . God will... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:13-14

The inner conditions of peace and of misery I. THE CONCEALMENT OF SIN . ( Proverbs 28:13 .) It is like a worm in the bud, preying upon the check and upon the heart. The deepest way of such concealment is when the sinner persuades himself that "he has no sin," apologizing to himself, giving a false colour to his wrong. The sense of a dualism in our being unreconciled will not admit of peace and rest. II. THE CONFESSION AND RENUNCIATION OF SIN . To admit the truth... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 28:13

Proverbs 28:13. He that covereth his sins That does not confess them (as appears by the opposite clause) to God, and to men too, when occasion requires it: who, being convinced or admonished of his sins, either justifies, or denies, or excuses them; shall not prosper Shall not succeed in his design of avoiding punishment by the concealment of his sins; shall not find mercy, as is implied from the next clause. But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them From a sincere hatred to them, and a... read more

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