Proverbs 15 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Proverbs 15)

Verse 2

[2] The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Aright — Expressing what he knows prudently and gracefully.

Poureth out — Plentifully, continually, and vehemently, as a fountain does waters.

Verse 4

[4] A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Wholesome — Which utters sound and useful counsels.

Tree of life — Is greatly useful to preserve the present life, and to promote the spiritual and eternal life, both of the speaker and hearers.

Perverseness — False or corrupt speeches.

A breach — Disturbs and wounds the spirits, both of the speaker and hearers.

Verse 6

[6] In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

Revenues — Though he may obtain great revenues, yet they are attended with much trouble.

Verse 7

[7] The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Disperse — Freely communicate to others what they know.

Verse 8

[8] The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Sacrifice — All the religious services, yea, the most costly; one kind being put for all the rest.

Prayer — The cheapest and meanest services.

Verse 11

[11] Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

Destruction — The place of destruction, of which men know nothing but by Divine revelation.

Verse 14

[14] The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Foolishness — Wickedness is meat and drink to them.

Verse 15

[15] All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Afflicted — Of the troubled in mind.

Evil — Tedious and uncomfortable.

Chearful — Heb. of a good heart.

Verse 16

[16] Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Trouble — Tumultuous lusts and passions, vexatious cares, and horrors of conscience.

Verse 19

[19] The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

An hedge — As a way hedged up with thorns, troublesome, perplexed, and full of difficulties.

Plain — Is easy and pleasant to him, notwithstanding all its difficulties.

Verse 22

[22] Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Counsel — When men do not seek, or will not receive advice from others.

Verse 23

[23] A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

The answer — By a wise, or good and seasonable answer.

Verse 24

[24] The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

The way — The way a wise man takes to obtain life, is to place his heart, and treasure, and conversation on things above.

Verse 25

[25] The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

The proud — Of the mighty oppressors.

The border — The estate, the border being often used, for the land within the borders.

Verse 26

[26] The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

Pleasant — Acceptable to God.

Verse 27

[27] He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Troubleth — Brings God's curse upon himself and family.

Gifts — Bribes given to corrupt judgment.

Live — Shall preserve himself and family from ruin.

Verse 28

[28] The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Studieth — He speaks considerately.

The mouth — Not the heart; for he rashly speaks what comes into his mouth, without the direction of his heart or conscience.

Verse 30

[30] The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

A good report — A good name.

Fat — Not only chears a man for the present, but gives him such stable comfort as revives his soul, and gives vigour to his body.

Verse 31

[31] The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

The ear — The man that hearkens to that reproof which leads to life, seeks and delights in the company of the wise.

Verse 33

[33] The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

The instruction — Doth instruct men in true wisdom.