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Proverbs 5:2

 

 

That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And that thy lips may keep - literally, “and thy lips shall keep.”


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-5.html. 1870.

The Biblical Illustrator

Proverbs 5:2

That thou mayest regard discretion.

The wise man’s intention in giving advice

Some knit these words to what follows, and understand them thus: “I wish thee to hearken to wise counsels, that thy heart may not admit thoughts of the beauty of strumpets, nor thy lips talk of such wanton objects as they talk of, but that thy thoughts and words may be sober and honest.” Others knit them to the words before, as if he had said, “Observe my wise precepts, that thou mayest well ruminate of them, and be so full of good thoughts in thy heart, that thou mayest be able to produce them copiously in thy words for the good of others, as I do for thine. But especially that thou mayest know what to think and speak of strumpets’ fair words and alluring carriage.”

I. A readiness to attend will bring a store of knowledge.

II. Let us get ready ears and hearts to get knowledge.

III. Good things heard must be seriously thought on, then and after.

IV. We must labour to know so as not only to understand, but also to utter what we know in fit words. That we may profit others. (Francis Taylor, B. D.)


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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Proverbs 5:2". The Biblical Illustrator. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/proverbs-5.html. 1905-1909. New York.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

That thou mayest regard discretion,.... Observe it; retain it in thine heart, as Aben Ezra adds, and use it; think, speak, and act discreetly, and so avoid the bad woman afterwards described: the Vulgate Latin version is, "that thou mayest keep the thoughts"; and so Gersom interprets the word; "good thoughts", according to the Septuagint version; the thoughts of the heart are to be observed. A man of spiritual wisdom will take notice of them; evil thoughts, which lead to uncleanness, are to be repressed and kept in; good ones to be cherished and improved; wise and sagacious ones (such the word here used signifies) are to be attended to, as being of great advantage in the various affairs and business of life; and spiritual and evangelical wisdom helps to such thoughts, and directs to the observance and exercise of them;

and that thy lips may keep knowledge; may be able to speak of things worthy to be known, and communicate the knowledge of them to others; by which means useful knowledge will be kept and preserved, and be continued in successive ages; see Malachi 2:7; even the knowledge of God and of Christ, and of the Gospel and its doctrines; and which will be a means of preserving men, as from false doctrine, error, and heresy, so from profaneness and immorality; and particularly from the adulterous woman, next described.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-5.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

regard — or, “observe.”

keep — preserve constantly.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/proverbs-5.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge.

Ver. 2. That thou mayest regard discretion.] Or, That thou mayest keep in thy thoughts, as Job did, [Job 31:1] "Why then should I think upon a maid?" "Out of the hearts of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications," &c., saith our Saviour. [Mark 7:21] Many men’s hearts are no better than stews and brothel houses, by reason of base and beastly thoughts and lusts that muster and swarm there, like the flies of Egypt. "There is that leviathan, and there are creeping things innumerable." [Psalms 104:25-26] Yea, the hypocrite, who outwardly abstains from gross sins, yet inwardly consenteth with the thief, and partaketh with the adulterer, [Psalms 50:18-19] that is, in his heart and fancy, supposing himself with them, and desiring to do what they do. This is mental adultery, this is contemplative wickedness. So it is also to recall former filthiness with delight. She multiplied her whoredoms in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot. [Ezekiel 23:21] Surely as a man may die of an inward bleeding, so may he be damned for these inward boilings of lust and concupiscence, if not bewailed and mortified. [Jeremiah 4:14] "The thoughts of the wicked are abominable to the Lord." [Proverbs 15:26] To look and lust is to commit adultery. [Matthew 5:28] Therefore "desire not her beauty in thy heart." [Proverbs 6:25]

And that thy lips may keep knowledge.] As Joseph did in answering his wanton mistress; [Genesis 39:7-9] as he in Augustine did, that replied to his minions, Ego sum - It is I, at ego non sum - but it it is not I.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-5.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Regard, or, keep, i.e. hold fast, as it is in the next clause. Discretion; spiritual wisdom for the conduct of thy life, as this word is used Proverbs 1:4, and elsewhere in this book.

That thy lips may keep knowledge; that by wise and pious discourses thou mayst preserve and improve thy wisdom for thine own and others’ good.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-5.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

2. Discretion — Or, counsels.

That thy lips may keep — Thy lips shall keep.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-5.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Thoughts. Or wisdom; and act with discretion. --- Mind, &c., is omitted in Hebrew and St. Jerome. (Calmet) --- By woman all concupiscence, or the inducement to sin, is commonly understood. We must not think of such things. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-5.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

regard discretion, &c. Hebrew infinitive = to guard deep counsels and knowledge. Let them mount guard over thy lips. Compare James 3:8, "the tongue can no man tame".


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/proverbs-5.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

That thou mayest regard discretion, and (that) thy lips may keep knowledge - that they lips may have a discreet and intelligent reply to give to the allurements of pleasure; as, for instance, to those of the "strange woman" (Proverbs 5:3; Proverbs 1:4; Psalms 119:100-101).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-5.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
thy lips
10:21; 15:2,7; 16:23; 20:15; Psalms 45:2; 71:15; 119:13; Song of Solomon 4:11; Malachi 2:6,7

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 5:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-5.html.

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