A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Emmanuel,” Norman Hutchins
“More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXXIII, Proverbs 28:21) To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress (sin). 22) He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. 23) He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v21, To have respect of persons [is] not good, &c, In courts of judicature, to give a cause or pass sentence in favour of a person, because he is rich, or is a relation, a friend, an acquaintance, or has done a kindness; and against another, because of the reverse, ( Leviticus 19:15 ) ( Deuteronomy 16:19 ) ; nor in religious assemblies, making a difference between the rich and the poor, ( James 2:1 James 2:2 ) ; this is not good in itself, nor productive of good effects, and cannot be Well Pleasing To GOD, WHO HIMSELF IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS; for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress; the laws of GOD and men; having used himself to such unrighteous methods of proceeding, he will do any base action for a small gain, he will stick at nothing, and do it for anything; as Cato used to say of M. Coelius the tribune, “that he might be hired, for a morsel of bread, to speak or hold his peace;” see ( Ezekiel 13:19 ) . v22, He that hasteth to be rich As every man that is eagerly desirous of riches is; he would be rich at once F26, and cannot wait with any patience in the ordinary course of means: [hath] an evil eye; on the substance of others, to get it, right or wrong; is an evil man, and takes evil methods to be rich F1; see ( 1 Timothy 6:9 1 Timothy 6:10 ) ; or an envious one; is an envious man; as the Septuagint and Arabic versions; he envies others, as the Vulgate Latin version, the riches of other men; he grudges everything that goes beside himself; and that makes him in haste to be rich, that he may be equal to or superior to others: or he is a sordid, avaricious, illiberal man, that will not part with anything for the relief, for others, and is greedy of everything to amass wealth to himself; an evil eye is opposed to a good or bountiful one, that is, to a man that is liberal and generous, ( Proverbs 22:9 ) ( Matthew 20:15 ) ; and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him; for wealth gotten hastily, and especially wrongfully, diminishes, wastes, and comes to nothing in the end; it sometimes flies away as fast as it comes; it has wings to do the one, as well as the other: this the man in haste to be rich does not consider, or he would have taken another method; since this is not the true way of getting and keeping riches, but of losing them, and coming to want; see ( Proverbs 13:11 ) ( 20:21 ) . v23, He that rebuketh a man His friend and acquaintance, for any fault committed by him; which reproof he gives in a free and faithful manner, yet kind, tender, and affectionate. The word rendered “afterwards”, which begins the next clause, according to the accents belongs to this, and is by some rendered, “he that rebuketh a man after ME” F2; after MY DIRECTIONS, according to The Rules I HAVE GIVEN; that is, after GOD, and by HIS ORDER; or Solomon, after his example, who delivered out these sentences and instructions. The Targum so connects the word, and renders the clause, “he that rebukes a man before HIM;” openly, to his thee: but rather it may be rendered “behind”; that is, as Cocceius interprets it, apart, alone, privately, and secretly, when they are by themselves; which agrees with CHRIST’S INSTRUCTIONS, ( Matthew 18:15 ) ; afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue; for though the reproofs given him may (be) uneasy upon his mind at first, and may be cutting and wounding, and give him some pain, and so some dislike to the reprover; yet when he coolly considers the nature and tendency of the reproof, the manner in which it was given, and the design of it, he will love, value, and esteem his faithful friend and rebuker, more than the man that fawned upon him, and flattered him with having done that which was right and well; or, as the Targum, than he that divideth the tongue, or is doubletongued; and so the Syriac version; see ( Proverbs 27:5 Proverbs 27:6 ) ( Psalms 141:3 ) .