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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 28:5

Note, I. As the prevalency of men's lusts is owing to the darkness of their understandings, so the darkness of their understandings is very much owing to the dominion of their lusts: Men understand not judgment, discern not between truth and falsehood, right and wrong; they understand not the law of God as the rule either of their duty or of their doom; and, 1. Therefore it is that they are evil men; their wickedness is the effect of their ignorance and error, Eph. 4:18. 2. Therefore they... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 28:5

Evil men understand not judgment ,.... Or, "men of wickedness" F2 אנשי רע "viri mali, (in genitivo casu)", Mercerus; "vel malitiae", Baynus, Gejerus. ; that are under the governing power of it; who are given up and give up themselves unto it; who, like Ahab, sell themselves to work wickedness: these know not what is just and right between man and man, at least not to do it; they know it not practically; they are wise to do evil, but to do good have no knowledge, Jeremiah 4:22 ;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 28:5

They that seek the Lord understand all things - They are wise unto salvation; they "have the unction from the Holy One, and they know all things," 1 John 2:20 , every thing that is essentially needful for them to know, in reference to both worlds. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:1-5

Canons of moral truth I. WICKEDNESS IS FEARFUL , GOODNESS IS COURAGEOUS . ( Proverbs 28:1 .) A good conscience is better than a thousand witnesses; an evil conscience unmans ( Job 15:21 ). What passes by the name of courage is often the effect of fear of men; and that which is discountenanced as want of spirit may proceed from the profoundest reverence for God. We shall never find anything in the world more to be feared than the warring presence within our own breast.... 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 28:4-5

The practice and effect of sin and righteousness We have a double contrast here between the practice of the sinner and of the righteous man, and between the consequence of sin and of goodness upon the mind of the guilty and of the good. I. THE PRACTICE OF SINFUL MEN . They "praise the wicked;" they "bless the covetous" ( Psalms 10:3 ). 1 . It is a fact that they do so . We hear the voice of ungodliness lifted up in favour of what is utterly wrong in the sight of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 28:5

Evil men understand not judgment; or, what is right . An evil man's moral conception is perverted, he cannot distinguish between right and wrong; the light that was in him has become darkness (comp. Proverbs 29:7 ). Many men, by giving themselves over to wickedness, awe judicially blinded, according to John 12:1-50 :89, 40. They who seek the Lord understand all things. These who do God's will, seeking him in prayer, know what is morally right is every circumstance, have a right... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 28:5

Proverbs 28:5. Evil men understand not judgment Because their minds are naturally blind, and are further blinded by their prejudices and passions, and by the god of this world, who rules in them, they understand not what is just and right, and what is their duty in all cases and conditions; but they that seek the Lord By diligent study of his word, and by fervent prayer to him for divine illumination; understand all things Which are necessary to be known by them, either for the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 28:1-28

Selfish ambition (28:1-28)A bad conscience makes a person a coward, but a clear conscience gives a person courage (28:1). Some characteristics of a corrupt society are instability in the government, exploitation of fellow citizens (even among the poorer classes), lawlessness, reversal of moral standards, injustice and greed. In spite of this, some will always remain true to God (2-7).Even those who are religious may be guilty of exploiting the poor and misleading the upright, but their... read more

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