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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 29:11

Note, 1. It is a piece of weakness to be very open: He is a fool who utters all his mind,?who tells every thing he knows, and has in his mouth instantly whatever he has in his thoughts, and can keep no counsel,?who, whatever is started in discourse, quickly shoots his bolt,?who, when he is provoked, will say any thing that comes uppermost, whoever is reflected upon by it,?who, when he is to speak of any business, will say all he thinks, and yet never thinks he says enough, whether choice or... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind ,.... At once; tells all he knows, all that is in his breast; whatever he thinks, and all that he intends to do; what or whom he loves or hates. Or, "a fool brings out all his wrath"; so the Targum, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions: he cannot restrain it, nor hide it; it breaks out at once, even all of it, and is soon known, as in Proverbs 12:16 ; but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards ; reserves his mind, and thoughts, and designs, to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind - A man should be careful to keep his own secret, and never tell his whole mind upon any subject, while there are other opinions yet to be delivered; else, if he speak again, he must go over his old ground; and as he brings out nothing new, he injures his former argument. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 29:8-11

Dishonourable passions Such is the designation given by St. Paul (see Revised Version of the New Testament, Romans 1:26 , etc.) to the various workings of the evil leaven in the soul. Here is a description of some of these "lusts." I. SCOFFING . ( Proverbs 29:8 .) Set on fire of hell, it inflames others, disturbs the peace of communities, produces failures and tumults in public life. But wisdom calms, and turns all things to the best. The scoffer, the malevolent critic of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind; his spirit ; רוּחוֹ , i . e . "his anger;" θυμόν , Septuagint (comp. Proverbs 16:32 ). The wording of the second hemistich confirms this rendering. A fool pours out his wrath, restrained by no consideration. It is a wise maxim that says, "Command your temper, lest it command you;" and again, "When passion enters in at the foregate, wisdom goes out at the postern." So we have the word attributed to Evenus Parius— πολλάκις ἀνθρώπων ὀργὴ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 29:11

(and see Proverbs 12:16 ; Proverbs 14:33 ) The time to be silent There is a time to keep silence as well as a time to speak (see Ecclesiastes 3:7 ). According to our individual temperament we need the one injunction or the other. There are few, however, of either sex or of any disposition who do not need to be urged to guard the door of the lip. This is one of those things in which we all offend in our time and in our way. Impatience most frequently leads to transgression; but... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Proverbs 29:11-12

Proverbs 29:11-12. A fool uttereth all his mind All at once, unnecessarily, unseasonably, without reservation or caution; but a wise man keepeth it in till afterward Till he have a fit occasion to express it. If a ruler hearken to lies Delight in flatteries or calumnies, or any lying words, or deceitful and wicked practices; all his servants are wicked Because, perhaps, he chooseth only such for his service: or, rather, because they are either corrupted by his example, or engaged by... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 29:1-27

Authority with justice (29:1-27)Many themes that we have already met in Proverbs are repeated in this section: stubbornness, good and bad government, family values, prostitution, justice, flattery, cunning and concern for the poor (29:1-7). Scoffers are more than just fools; they are trouble-makers. They are not open to reason and cannot control their temper (8-11).Unjust rulers oppress innocent citizens, and the rich persecute the poor, but good and bad alike receive the blessings that God... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Proverbs 29:11

fool. Hebrew. kesil. See note on Proverbs 1:7 . mind = spirit. Hebrew. ruach. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6 , for the feeling manifested by it. keepeth it. Illustrations: Abraham (Genesis 22:0 ); Joseph ( Pro 42:7 ; Pro 44:18-34 ); Moses (Exodus 3:10 . Compare Proverbs 4:18 ); Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-6 , 2 Samuel 12:7-13 ). read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Proverbs 29:11

"A fool uttereth all his anger; But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it."The KJV has this: "A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterward."[13] "This indicates that a wise man restrains his anger till he can give it proper vent."[14] "Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back."[15] We like this because it means that righteous people overcome their anger. read more

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