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Proverbs 2:19

 

 

None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.

Adam Clarke Commentary

None that go unto her return again - There are very few instances of prostitutes ever returning to the paths of sobriety and truth; perhaps not one of such as become prostitutes through a natural propensity to debauchery. Among those who have been deceived, debauched, and abandoned, many have been reclaimed; and to such alone penitentiaries may be useful; to the others they may only be incentives to farther sinning. Rakes and debauchees are sometimes converted: but most of them never lay hold on the path of life; they have had their health destroyed, and never recover it. The original, חיים chaiyim, means lives; not only the health of the body is destroyed, but the soul is ruined. Thus the unhappy man may be said to be doubly slain.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-2.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The words describe more than the fatal persistency of the sinful habit when once formed. A resurrection from that world of the dead to “the paths of life” is all but impossible.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-2.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

None that go unto her return again,.... That is, those that commit whoredom with her return not again by repentance, and to a sober and chaste way of living, at least but very few; hence some of the ancients thought adultery was the unpardonable sin; but it is certain that some have been recovered by the power of divine grace, and have been brought to repentance for their impure manner of life, and have truly believed in Christ, and lived sober and godly lives afterwards; but, as the Targum adds, they do not return "in peace", but with great distress of mind, remorse of conscience, and bitterness of soul; and these instances are rare; generally speaking, such as are ensnared by an adulterous woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are as bands, are held so fast by her that they seldom get out again, though some few may escape, Ecclesiastes 7:26. The words may be rendered, "all that go into herF26כל באיה "omnes ingredientes eam", Pagninus, Montanus. shall not return again"; no, very few of them. And it is a very rare thing, when men are fallen into idolatry, superstition, will worship, and heresy, that they are recovered out of this snare of the devil; there is a peradventure they may, but it is not often that they be loosed from it, 2 Timothy 2:25;

neither take they hold of the paths of life; Christ, and the ways of Christ, which lead to eternal life; few there be that find these paths and walk in them, Matthew 7:14; and especially such as are drawn aside by an impure woman, they are held so fast by her alluring charms, and so bewildered by her art of deceiving, that they are like persons that are led out of their way, and cannot find it again.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-2.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

that is, such as remain impenitent (compare Ecclesiastes 7:26).

paths of life — (Psalm 16:11), opposed to paths unto the dead.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

Ver. 19. None that go unto her return again.] Some of the ancients have herehence concluded that adultery is an unpardonable sin; but "all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men," saith our Saviour, "save only the sin against the Holy Ghost." [Matthew 12:31] True it is, that "a whore is a deep ditch, and a strange woman is a narrow pit"; - that [Proverbs 23:27] "whoredom, and wine, and new wine take away the heart"; - that [Hosea 4:11] such are said to be "destitute of understanding," and to have lost even the light of nature; [Proverbs 6:32 Romans 1:28] to be "past feeling, and given up to a dead and dedolent disposition"; [Ephesians 4:18-19] to be "impudent," [Jeremiah 2:3] - wherefore also they are compared to dogs (a) [Deuteronomy 23:18 2 Samuel 3:8] - and for the most part impenitent. [Ecclesiastes 7:28] Grace, as one well observeth, is seated in the powers of nature. Now carnal sins disable nature, and so set us in a greater distance from grace, as taking away the heart, &c. Howbeit "all things are possible with God"; [Mark 9:23; Mark 9:27] and though few have awakened out of this snare of the devil, yet some have, as David, and that woman in Luke 7:37; Luke 7:50, lest any humbled sinners should despair.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-2.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

None; few or none; an hyperbolical expression, used Isaiah 64:7.

That go unto her; that go to her house, or that lie with her, as this phrase is used, Genesis 16:4 30:4 Joshua 2:13.

Return again, from her and from this wickedness, unto God. Adulterers and whoremongers are very rarely brought to repentance, but are generally hardened by the power and deceitfulness of that lust, and by God’s just judgment, peculiarly inflicted upon such persons, Hebrews 13:4. He alludes to the nature of corporal death, from which no man can without a miracle return to this life.

Of the paths of life; of those courses which lead to true and eternal life.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-2.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Life. A sincere conversion is so rare among people once addicted to impurity, (Haydock) which resembles a deep pit. (Calmet) --- This illness is hardly removed. (Menochius)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-2.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

return again. Compare "rooted out", Proverbs 2:22, with Isaiah 26:19.

take . . . hold = attain to.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "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

None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. Never do they, except in the case of exceptional miracles by omnipotent grace. Chrysostom saith 'It is as hard to restore a lustful person to chastity as it is to restore a dead person to life.' (Hosea 4:11, "Whoredom, etc., take away the heart" - i:e., the understanding.)


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-2.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
None
Psalms 81:12; Ecclesiastes 7:26; Jeremiah 13:23; Hosea 4:14; Matthew 19:24-26
take
4:18; Hebrews 6:18

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 2:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-2.html.

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