A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Emmanuel,” Norman Hutchins
“More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXXI, Proverbs 28:17) A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him. 18) Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. 19) He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v17, A man that doeth violence to the blood of [any] person That sheds the blood of any in a violent manner; that lays violent hands upon a club, and takes away his life, contrary to the law in ( Genesis 9:6 ) . Or, “that is pressed because of the blood of any person” F17; pressed in his own mind; filled with horror, and tortured in his conscience, for the innocent blood he has shed: the letter “daleth” in the word “Adam” is lesser than usual; and Vitringa, on ( Isaiah 34:6 ) ; observes, that it signifies a man red with blood, oppressed in his conscience, and depressed by GOD, which this minute letter is a symbol of; and thinks it applicable to Edom or Rome: or it signifies one pressed, pursued, and followed by the avenger of blood; shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him; support or help him. When such a murderer flees, and is pursued, and unawares falls into a pit, or is like to do so, let no man warn him of it, or help him out of it; or if he flees to a pit to hide himself, let no man hold him or detain him there, or suffer him to continue in such a lurking place, but discover him or pluck him out; or, if he is a fugitive and a vagabond all his days, as Cain, the murderer of his brother, was, till he comes to the pit of the grave, let no man yield him any support or sustenance. v18, Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved, Or “be safe” F18 from those that seek his life, plot against him, shoot at him, as the wicked do at the upright in heart, but THE LORD protects him; and it is even well with him in times of public calamities; THE LORD HAS HIS CHAMBERS AND HIDING PLACE for him; and he is safe from falling, as may be gathered from the opposite clause; for he walks surely, and is in THE HANDS OF CHRIST, and is kept by HIM from a final and total falling away: and he shall be Saved also with an EVERLASTING SALVATION; from sin, and all the effects of it; from the curse of The Law, from Wrath to come, from hell and damnation. Not that his upright walk is the cause of this; The Moving Cause Of Salvation Is THE GRACE OF GOD; The Procuring Cause, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY AUTHOR OF IT: but this is a descriptive character of the persons that are and shall be Saved; it is a clear case that such have THE GRACE OF GOD, And Therefore Shall Have GLORY; (See Gill on Proverbs 10:9); but [he that is] perverse [in his] ways; “in his two ways”, as in ( Proverbs 27:6 ) ; or many ways, and all perverse and wicked: shall fall at once; his destruction shall come suddenly upon him, when he is not aware of it, and when he cries, Peace, peace, to himself: or in one of them; in one or other of his perverse ways. v19, He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread Or, “shall he filled” or “satisfied with bread” F19: shall have bread enough, and to spare; provisions of all sorts, and in great plenty; (See Gill on Proverbs 12:11); but he that followeth, after vain [persons]; empty idle persons; keeps company and spends his time with them, when he should be about the business of his calling: shall have poverty enough; or be “filled with [it]” F20; he shall be exceeding poor, reduced to the utmost distress, be clothed in rags and destitute of daily food.