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Proverbs 12:8

 

 

A man will be praised according to his insight, But one of perverse mind will be despised.

The Biblical Illustrator

Proverbs 12:8

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom.

Appreciation better than praise

There are persons in this world--and the pity is that there are not more of them--who care less for praise than for appreciation. They have an ideal after which they are striving, but of which they consciously fall short, as every one who has a lofty ideal is sure to do. When that ideal is recognised by another, and they are praised or commended for something--let that something be important or not--in its direction, they are grateful, not for the praise, but for appreciation. An element of sympathy enters into that recognition, and they feel that they have something in common with the observer who admires what they admire, and praises what they think is most worthy of praise. (Alliance News.)


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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Proverbs 12:8". The Biblical Illustrator. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/proverbs-12.html. 1905-1909. New York.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"A man shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised."

"A man is praised as he shows insight: a brainless creature is despised."[12] "A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised."[13]


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-12.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom,.... Not according to his birth and pedigree; not according to his riches and wealth; not according to the places of honour and trust he may be in; but according to his wisdom, which he discovers in his words and actions, in his life and conversation: not according to the wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and devilish; not according to the wisdom of the world, which comes to nought, either natural or civil; especially that which lies in sophistry and subtlety, in wicked craft and cunning, whereby men trick, overreach, and defraud one another; but according to that which is spiritual and evangelical; which lies in the knowledge of Christ, and of God in Christ, and of those things which belong to salvation; the beginning of which is the fear of the Lord, and which comes from above, and is pure and peaceable. A man possessed of this is commended by all wise and good men, and by the Lord himself; as the wise man is by Christ, Matthew 7:24; who builds his house on a rock; for which reason it stands, as in the preceding verse;

but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised; and which appears by the perverse words he speaks against God and Christ; against his people, ways, and worship, as antichrist and his followers do; and by his perverse actions, which are contrary to the light of nature, to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ: and such vile persons are contemned in the eyes of all good men, and are had in abhorrence by the Lord himself; for such who despise him are lightly esteemed; see Proverbs 18:3.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-12.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

despised — as opposed to commended (Proverbs 11:12).

perverse heart — or, “wicked principles,” as opposed to one of wisdom.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-12.html. 1871-8.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

8 According to the measure of his intelligence is a man praised,

And whoever is of a perverse mind is despised.

Everywhere in the Mishle שׂכל has no other meaning than intellectus . The praise which is given to a man measures itself לפי שׂכלו (punctuate לפי־שׂכלו , according to Torath Emeth , p. 41, Accentssystem , xx. §1), i.e. , according to the measure (so לפי is used in the oldest form of the language) of his intelligence, or as we may also say, of his culture; for in these proverbs, which make the fear of God the highest principle, שׂכל means also understanding of moral excellence, not merely the intellectual superiority of natural gifts. הלּל is here a relative conception of manifold gradations, but it does not mean renown in general, but good renown. Parallel with שׂכלו , לב refers to the understanding ( νοῦς ); the rendering of Löwenstein, “who is of false heart,” is defective. נעוה (synon. of נפתּל and עקּשׁ , but nowhere else interchanging with it) means here a vero et recto detortus et aversus (Fl.). Such a man who has not a good understanding, nor any certain rule of judgment, falls under contempt ( Graec. Venet. τῷ ὀντωτῇ εἰς μυσαγμόν , after the false reading of יהוה instead of יהיה ), i.e. , he defames himself by his crooked judgment of men, of things and their relations, and is on this account in no position rightly to make use of them.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-12.html. 1854-1889.

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible

We are here told whence to expect a good name. Reputation is what most have a high regard to and stand much upon. Now it is certain, 1. The best reputation is that which attends virtue and serious piety, and the prudent conduct of life: A man shall be commended by all that are wise and good, in conformity to the judgment of God himself, which we are sure is according to truth, not according to his riches or preferments, his craft and subtlety, but according to his wisdom, the honesty of his designs and the prudent choice of means to compass them. 2. The worst reproach is that which follows wickedness and an opposition to that which is good: He that is of a perverse heart, that turns aside to crooked ways, and goes on frowardly in them, shall be despised. Providence will bring him to poverty and contempt, and all that have a true sense of honour will despise him as unworthy to be dealt with and unfit to be trusted, as a blemish and scandal to mankind.


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Henry, Matthew. "Complete Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/proverbs-12.html. 1706.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

The apostles showed wisdom by glorying in shame for the name of Christ.


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Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary

on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mhn/proverbs-12.html. 1706.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

Ver. 8. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom.] And all wisdom consists in this, Ut Deum quis cognoscat et colat, saith Lactantius; - That a man rightly know and worship God. This did not Apollonius, whom yet Philostratus commendeth, that he was non doctus, sed natus sapiens, not instructed, but born wise. See the contrary, Job 11:12. Nor Archimedes, who yet had the name and note, saith Plutarch, of a divine, and not human wisdom; (a) nor Aristotle, whom yet Averroes admires, as the very rule and copy that nature invented, wherein to set forth the utmost of human perfection; and further saith, that his doctrine was the chiefest truth, and his understanding the utmost extent of human wisdom. These were wise, I confess, in their generations, and so accounted; but by whom? Not by St Paul; he had another opinion of them. See Romans 1:22-23, 1 Corinthians 2:6. Not by our Saviour. See Matthew 11:25. Not by any that are rightly instructed to the kingdom of heaven, and have their senses exercised to discern good and evil. The Italians arrogate to themselves the monopoly of wisdom in that proverb of theirs, Italus sapit ante factum, Hispanus in facto, Germanus post factum. Italians, say they, both seem and are wise; whereas Spaniards seem wise, and are fools; Frenchmen seem fools, and are wise; Portuguese neither are wise, nor so much as seem so. Thus the Jesuits - those great clerks, politicians, and wizards of the world - do vaunt that the Church is the soul of the world, the clergy of the Church, and they of the clergy. But what saith that great apostle that knew more than twenty of them? "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord"; [1 Corinthians 1:31] for "not he that commendeth himself is approved," - no, nor he whom the world cries up for a wise man - "but he whom the Lord commendeth." [2 Corinthians 10:18]

But he that is of a perverse heart.] As all are that are not heavenly wise, and that show not "out of a good conversation their works with meekness of wisdom." [James 3:13; James 3:17] But so did none of those heathen sages, whom God, for their unthankfulness, "gave up unto vile affections" [Romans 1:20] and vicious conversation; and so set a noverint universi, as it were, upon them. Know all men that these men know nothing aright, and as they ought to know; "professing themselves to be wise, they proclaim themselves fools." [Romans 1:22]


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-12.html. 1865-1868.

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann

v. 8. A man shall be commended according to (literally, "in the presence of") his wisdom, in proportion to the insight he shows in all matters of life; but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised, his crooked and malicious dealings meeting with the contempt and condemnation which they deserve.


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Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kpc/proverbs-12.html. 1921-23.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A man shall be commended, to wit, by wise and good men, according to his wisdom; more or less according to the degree of wisdom which his discourses and actions discover to be in him.

He that is of a perverse heart, which he showeth by his wicked words and conversation, shall be despised by God and all wise men.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-12.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8. According to his wisdom — Shrewdness or prudence. In proportion to it shall he be applauded.

Perverse — Crooked of heart.

Shall be despised — Literally, it shall be for contempt.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-12.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Proverbs 12:8. A man shall be commended — Namely, by wise and good men; according to his wisdom — More or less, according to the degree of wisdom, which his discourses and actions discover to be in him; but he that is of a perverse heart — Which he shows by his wicked words and actions; shall be despised — By God, and all wise men.


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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". Joseph Benson's Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/proverbs-12.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Learning. We apply to those things which we love, and those who study sacred (Calmet) or useful sciences, shall receive praise.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-12.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

shall be commended. Illustration: Joseph (Genesis 41:39).

wisdom. Hebrew. sakal. See note on Proverbs 1:2.

shall be despised. Illustrations: Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 1:3; 1 Samuel 2:17, 1 Samuel 2:30); Nabal (1 Samuel 25:2, 1 Samuel 25:17. Compare Proverbs 28:6); Judah (Jeremiah 4:22, Jeremiah 4:30. Lamentations 1:8); lost son (Luke 15:15, Luke 15:16).


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-12.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

A man shall be commended according to (literally, according to the mouth of: a Hebrew idiom for in proportion to) his wisdom. God and His faithful people judge a man not according to the apparent success of an undertaking, but according to its spiritual "wisdom." Worldly men praise or condemn only according to the apparent success or failure.

But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised - by God; and at last, man, when he is found out in his true character.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-12.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) According to his wisdom—i.e., intelligent observance of the ends to be pursued in life, and the best means of attaining to them; in other words, finding out the will of God and how to fulfil it.

Shall be despised.—Comp. 1 Samuel 2:30.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
commended
Genesis 41:39; 1 Samuel 16:18; 18:30; Ecclesiastes 8:1; Luke 12:42-44; 16:8; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:18
he
1:26; 3:35; 5:23; 1 Samuel 13:13; 25:17; Psalms 132:18; Daniel 12:2; Malachi 2:8,9; Matthew 27:4,5; Acts 12:23
of a perverse heart
Heb. perverse of heart.

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 12:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-12.html.

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