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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 26:19

 

 

So is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, "Was I not joking?"

Adam Clarke Commentary

Am not I in sport? - How many hearts have been made sad, and how many reputations have been slain, by this kind of sport! "I designed no harm by what I said;" "It was only in jest," etc. Sportive as such persons may think their conduct to be, it is as ruinous as that of the mad man who shoots arrows, throws firebrands, and projects in all directions instruments of death, so that some are wounded, some burnt, and some slain.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-26.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour,.... By telling him a lie; or by reporting false things concerning him; or by cheating him in trade and commerce; or by taking his goods privately from him; and, when caught in either of these,

and saith, Am not I in sport? do not be angry, I designed no hurt; it is all in jest, a mere joke: but, had he not been apprehended, it would have been in earnest, as he was. This is only an excuse, and as absurd an one as if a man should set fire to his neighbour's house and barns, or throw arrows at him, or strike him with any instrument of death, as the sword, &c. and then say he was only in jest, or pretend madness.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-26.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

So [is] the man [that] deceiveth i his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

(i) Who disguises himself to be that which he is not.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/proverbs-26.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 26:19 So [is] the man [that] deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

Ver. 19. Am not I in jest?] The wicked man’s mirth is usually mixed with mischief. It is no sport, unless he may have the devil his play fellow - no good fellowship without horse play. Salt jests, and dry flouts, to the just grief or disgrace of another, is counted facetious and fine. But St Paul calls it foolish (a) [Ephesians 5:4] and further saith, that "for such things’ sake the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience." Quid mihi cum fabulis, cum iocis? saith Bernard, - What hath a Christian to do with jesting and jeering? We allow a horse to prance and skip in a pasture, which if he doth when backed by the rider, we count him an unruly and unbroken jade. So, howsoever in heathens and atheists God may wink at jocularity aud dicacity, yet he looks for better things from his own people. Credo mihi, res severa est verum gaudium, saith Seneca; True mirth is a severe business. But what a madman was Robert de Beliasme, Earl of Shrewsbury, 1111 AD, delighting to do mischief and exercise his cruelty, and then to say, Are not I in jest? An example hereof he showed upon his own son, who, being but a child, and playing with him, the father, for a pastime, put his thumb in the boy’s eyes, and thrust out the balls thereof. (b)


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-26.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

That wrongs him under a false pretence of kindness and familiarity.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-26.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Jest. He will not escape, no more than the person who had committed murder involuntarily, if he were not in a city of refuge, Numbers xxxv. 22.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-26.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

deceiveth. Hebrew. ramah. See note on Proverbs 11:18. Not the same word as in Proverbs 26:26.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-26.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
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10:23; 14:9; 15:21; Ephesians 5:4; 2 Peter 2:13

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-26.html.

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