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Proverbs 2:18

 

 

For her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead;

Adam Clarke Commentary

For her house inclineth unto death - It is generally in by and secret places that such women establish themselves. They go out of the high road to get a residence; and every step that is taken towards their house is a step towards death. The path of sin is the path of ruin: the path of duty is the way of safety. For her paths incline unto the dead, רפאים repheim, the inhabitants of the invisible world. The woman who abandons herself to prostitution soon contracts, and generally communicates, that disease, which, above all others, signs the speediest and most effectual passport to the invisible world. Therefore it is said,


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-2.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The house of the adulteress is as Hades, the realm of death, haunted by the spectral shadows of the dead (Rephaim, see the Psalm 88:10 note), who have perished there.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-2.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For her house inclineth unto death,.... Bends, verges, and points that way; it lies in the way to death, and brings unto it, and sinks into it as into a ditch; or all that are in her house, that are familiar with her, live and dwell with her, and commit wickedness with her; these incline or are liable to lose, and do lose, their name, character, and reputation, which is a death upon them; and bring diseases upon their bodies, which issue in corporeal death; or are in danger of dying by the hand of the injured husband, or the civil magistrate; and also are exposed unto eternal death: or "she inclines to death, which is her house"F24אל מות בתיה "ad mortem quoad domum suam", Cocceius; "ad mortem domum suam", Gejerus; "quod ad domum suam", Michaelis. , so Aben Ezra and Kimchi; and to which the Targum agrees,

"for in the pit of death is her house:'

that is, the house she at last comes to and must dwell in, and all that are ensnared by her; see Proverbs 5:5; and the second death will be the portion of the whore of Rome and all her followers, Revelation 14:10;

and her paths unto the dead; that is, her evil ways in which she walks, and into which she draws others to join with her; these lead both her and them to the "damned"F25אל רפאים "ad damnatos", Tigurine version; "ad orcinos", Schultens. in hell, to keep company with them, and be punished as they are: the word "rephaim", here used, sometimes signifies "giants", and so the Targum renders it here; and may refer to the giants of the old world, who were cut off for their debauchery and uncleanness, Genesis 6:4; and with whom such persons shall be for ever.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-2.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

For her m house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto n the dead.

(m) Her acquaintance with her spirits and they that haunt her.

(n) To them who are dead in body and soul.


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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/proverbs-2.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

inclineth — sinks down (compare Numbers 13:31).

the dead — or shades of the departed (Psalm 88:10).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

For — Conversation with her (which was most usual in her own house) is the certain way to death, which it brings many ways, and undoubtedly, without repentance, to God's wrath and the second death.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-2.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

Ver. 18. For her house inclineth unto death.] Terence calleth harlots Cruces, quia iuvenes macerent et offligant. Venery (a) is death’s best harbinger: Venus ab antiquis λυσιμελης dicta. She provideth, saith one, (b) not for those that are already born, but for those that shall be born. Of Pope Paul the Fourth, that old goat, it went for a byword, Eum per eandem partem animam profudisse, per quam acceperat. Pope John the Twelfth being taken with an adulteress, was stabbed to death by her husband. (c) Alexander the Great and Otho the Third test their lives by their lusts. But how many, alas! by this means have lost their souls. Fleshly lusts, by a specialty, "fight against the soul." [1 Peter 2:12] And nothing hath so much enriched hell, saith one, as beautiful faces.

And her paths unto the dead.] Heb., El Rhephaim, to the giants: (d) To that part of hell where those damned monsters are, together with those sensual Sodomites, who, giving themselves over to fornication, and "going after strange flesh, are thrown forth, προκεινται, proiecti sunt, for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." [ 1:7]


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-2.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Proverbs 2:18. Her house inclineth unto death Adultery was forbidden under pain of death, both of the man and woman. See Leviticus 20:10. Deuteronomy 22:22. Or otherwise the meaning may be, "Her house is a place of death to him that enters it; he will there find the death of his soul, and the loss of his innocence. It may be considered in some sort as a kind of grave, where he goes to bury himself alive. Her ways lead to hell: Unhappy he who knows her, and attaches himself to her." It is added, And her paths unto the dead: רפאים Rephaim, the giants; those first and great opposers of God, who for their execrable misdeeds were condemned to the place of darkness, See Job 26:5. Thus we are taught that the next point of wisdom is to be learned from the dear-bought experience of others; who have been ruined, body and soul, by those lewd courses to which they were enticed; and here the wise man leads us back as far as the old world, which was wholly destroyed by such villainies as men's brutal lusts and passions lead them to commit. I cannot recommend to my young readers a better comment on this subject than Mr. Ostervald's excellent Treatise on Uncleanness.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/proverbs-2.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Her house inclineth unto death, conversation with her (which was most free and usual in her own house) is the ready and certain way to death, which it brings many ways; by wasting a man’s vital spirits, and shortening his life; by exposing him to many and dangerous diseases, which physicians have declared and proved to be the effects of inordinate lust; as also to the fury of jealous husbands or friends, and sometimes to the sword of civil justice, and undoubtedly, without repentance, to God’s wrath and the second death. This is here mentioned as one great privilege and blessed fruit of wisdom, to be delivered from this evil.

Unto the dead; or, as the Chaldee and some others render it, unto the giants, to wit, those rebellious giants, Genesis 6:4; or, as others, unto the damned, or unto hell. See for this word Job 7:9 Psalms 88:11 Proverbs 9:18 21:16.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-2.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

18. Her house inclineth unto death — “The house of the adulteress is as hades, the realm of death, haunted by the spectral shadows of the dead, the Rephaim, who have perished there.” — Speaker’s Com. Psalms 88:11; Isaiah 14:9. Her paths unto the dead — Lead to the region of the dead, of shadows, shades, ghosts. Zockler renders: —

Her house sinketh down to death,

And her paths (lead) to the dead,

Miller, last clause, “to the shades.” The Septuagint renders the 18th verse thus: “For she has fixed her house near death, and (guided) her wheels near hades with the giants.” Comparatively few persons who give themselves up to licentious habits ever recover themselves to a virtuous life. Debauchery destroys both their soul and body.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-2.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

God. The law forbids adultery, and all impurities, Deuteronomy xxiii. 17., and Leviticus xx. 10. Both the parties, guilty of adultery, were punished with death. (Calmet)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-2.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

house. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6, for household.

the dead. Hebrew Rephaim, who have no resurrection. Compare Isaiah 26:14 ("deceased"), Isaiah 26:19 ("the dead"); and see App-25. This shows that a Canaanite woman is referred to here.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-2.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead - (Proverbs 7:27.) The "for" expresses the greatness of the "deliverance" (Proverbs 2:16), as indicated by the greatness of the danger. It is not without good reason that I warn thee to seek wisdom, "to deliver thee from the strange woman," "for her house inclineth unto death." The Hebrew for house is masculine, and "inclineth" is feminine; therefore the translation is literally, 'She (that is, her house) inclineth unto death.' "The dead" - Hebrew, Rephaim, the dead: the manes elsewhere, or ghosts and giants. On the connection of these ideas, see Remarks, Job 26:5. "Her house," with its 'tapestry-covered bed' (Proverbs 7:16-18), seemed to promise nothing but joy, love, and pleasure. But the house proves to be a passage inclining downward to death and hell.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) For her house inclineth . . .—Rather, she sinks down with her house: house and all, like Dathan and Abiram.

Unto the dead.—In Hebrew the Rephâîm. The word may signify those “at rest” (comp. Job 3:17 : “There the weary are at rest”); or the “weak.” (Comp. Isaiah 14:10 : “Art thou also become weak as we?”)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-2.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
5:4-14; 6:26-35; 7:22-27; 9:18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21:8; 22:15

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:18". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-2.html.

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