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Proverbs 14:27

 

 

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.

Adam Clarke Commentary

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life - חיים מקור mekor chaiyim, the vein of lives. Another allusion to the great aorta which carries the blood from the heart to all the extremities of the body. Of this phrase, and the tree of lives, Solomon is particularly fond. See on Proverbs 4:23; (note); Proverbs 10:12; (note).


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

See the marginal reference and Proverbs 10:11 note.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-14.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

Proverbs 14:27

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.

The fountain of life

I. Something that needs replenishing. Life is a fire--it must be kept alight; a lamp--it needs oil; energy--it demands a nervous sustentation. So with spiritual life--it cannot continue without food.

II. Something to replenish man’s life. “The fear of the Lord.” Here is rich provender called a “fountain”--continuous, inexhaustible, pure--the source, not the stream. How is it a fountain of life?

1. Because it enables us to assimilate Divine food.

2. Because it is the key which unlocks the tap. (Homilist.)


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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Proverbs 14:27". The Biblical Illustrator. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/proverbs-14.html. 1905-1909. New York.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death."

The snares of death are not merely the pitfalls and dangers of our present lives on earth; they include the unspeakable terrors of the "second death." The only possible escape from that reward of the wicked which shall accompany the termination of human probation is revealed in the first clause. The only hope of rebellious humanity is in the "fear of Jehovah." James Moffatt's Translation of the Bible, 1929, indicated this by capitalizing the word Death. "Reverence for the Eternal is a fount of life; it shows how to avoid the nets of Death."[30]


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,.... Where the true fear of God is, there is a real principle of grace, which is "a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life", John 4:14; eternal life is connected with it; it makes meet for it, and issues in it: or the Lord, who is the object of fear, he is the fountain of life: as of natural, so of spiritual and eternal life; spiritual life springs from him, is supported and maintained by him, the consequence of which is life everlasting;

to depart from the snares of death; sins, transgressions, as Aben Ezra interprets it; these are the works of men's hands, in which they are snared; these are the cords in which they are holden, and so die without instruction; the wages of them are death, even death eternal: likewise there are the snares of the world and of the devil, temptations to sin, with which being ensnared, lead to death; now the fear of the Lord is a means of delivering from and of avoiding those snares, and so of escaping death.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-14.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(Compare Proverbs 13:14).

fear of the Lord — or, “law of the wise,” is wisdom (Psalm 111:10).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-14.html. 1871-8.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

27 The fear of Jahve is a fountain of life,

To escape the snares of death.

There springs up a life which makes him who carries in himself (cf. John 4:14, ἐν αὐτῷ ) this welling life, penetrating and strong of will to escape the snares (write after the Masora ממּקשׁי defective ) which death lays, and which bring to an end in death - a repetition of Proverbs 13:4 with changed subject.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-14.html. 1854-1889.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

To depart — To preserve men from destructive courses.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-14.html. 1765.

Scofield's Reference Notes

fear

(See Scofield "Psalms 19:9").


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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Proverbs 14:27". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/proverbs-14.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Ver. 27. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.] So said to be, both for the constant faithfulness, as never failing, and for the gracious effects - viz., blessings of all sorts. (1). Temporal; [Proverbs 22:4] riches, honour, life. (2). Spiritual; [Malachi 4:2] such shall "grow up as the calves of the stall," fat and fair-liking. (3). Eternal; [Psalms 31:19] "O how great is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee"; "eye hath not seen," &c. [1 Corinthians 2:9] It shall be always "well with them." [Ecclesiastes 8:12] And though many afflictions, &c., yet he that feareth God "shall come out of them all." [Ecclesiastes 7:18]

To depart from the snares of death.] Satan, that mighty hunter, hath laid snares for us in all places. And the way of this world is like the vale of Siddim, slimy and slippery; full of slime pits and pitfails, snares and stumblingblocks, laid on purpose to maim us or mischief us. He that fears God comes off without hurt by remembering that saying - which, as short as it is, yet our memories are shorter - Cave, Deus videt; - Take heed; God seeth thee. A godly man had these verses written before him on a table in his study:

“Ne pecces, Deus ipse videt, tuus Angelus astat:

Accusat Satanas et lex, mens conscia culpae:

Mors incerta furit: cruciat te luridus Orcus:

Et manet aeternum tristi damnatio poena.”


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-14.html. 1865-1868.

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann

v. 27. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, the source of all true spiritual life, to depart from the snares of death; for where there is no fear of God, there is transgression, and transgression leads to everlasting death.


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Kretzmann, Paul E. Ph. D., D. D. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Kretzmann's Popular Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kpc/proverbs-14.html. 1921-23.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

To preserve men from deadly and destructive courses.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-14.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

27. To depart… from death — That is, to cause to depart. It is the source of life and the cause of escape from death. Comp. Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 13:14; Revelation 21:6.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-14.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

depart from = avoid.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-14.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

The fear of the Lord (is) a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. "The law of the wise" is "the fear of the Lord;" for of both the same things are predicted (Proverbs 13:14).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-14.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(27) Fountain of life.—Comp. Proverbs 13:14 and John 4:14.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-14.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
a fountain
13:14; Isaiah 33:6; Revelation 21:6
to
2:10-18; 22:5; Psalms 18:5; Ecclesiastes 7:26

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 14:27". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-14.html.

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