• The Fall and Rise of the Righteous

    Proverbs 24:16

    Many commentators note that this passage can also be applied to the sins of the righteous person. Matthew Henry comments, “The just man falls, sometimes falls seven times perhaps, into sin, sins of infirmity, through the surprise of temptation; but ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Purpose for the Wicked

    Proverbs 16:4

    In keeping with Romans 9, Matthew Henry writes that the wicked exist to reveal the glory of the Lord’s justice. “[God] made all according to his will and for his praise; he designed to serve his own purposes by ...Read More

  • The Certainty of Deliverance

    Proverbs 11:21

    If there is no day of judgment coming, all attempts to do justice now are futile. Even the best systems of justice devised by human beings are imperfect, and they sometimes fail to punish evildoers. Only a final day of ...Read More

  • Fire Safety

    Proverbs 6:27–29

    All too often, we think that we can entertain temptation or get too close to a particular sin and not fall into transgression. That shows us just how important it is for us to be reminded of Proverbs 6:27 ...Read More

  • Awaiting God’s Deliverance

    Proverbs 20:22

    Christians are to be known for their love for their enemies and for each other (Matt. 5:43–48; John 13:34–35), and such love does not seek vengeance for every wrong that is ever done to us. Of ...Read More

  • The Gatekeeper of Death

    Proverbs 7:21–27

    In our society, which glorifies sexual pleasure as the greatest good of all, we face many external pressures to fall into sexual immorality. Understanding that the promises of sexual sin are false ones, therefore, requires continual immersion in the Word ...Read More

  • Wisdom and the Forbidden Woman

    Proverbs 7:1–20

    The temptation to sexual sin does not, in our day, always present itself as a temptation to idolatry. However, the Bible’s teaching on sexual sin makes it clear that sexual sin is not only a sin against the body, but ...Read More

  • The Mess of Productivity

    Proverbs 14:4

    We can be tempted to give up when dissension and misunderstanding abound or we are facing many other problems. While we do not want to minimize our difficulties, we should also take care to look around us and see if ...Read More

  • Generous Giving

    Proverbs 28:27

    Many pastors and teachers have suggested that we take a look at our checkbooks and bank statements for a true measure of where our trust lies. If we cannot find evidence of generous giving to the kingdom of God and ...Read More

  • The Wife Who Is to Be Praised

    Proverbs 31:28–31

    There are many fine qualities that we should seek in a spouse, but above all we should look for the fear of the Lord. When a husband and a wife both fear God, Christ is the center of their relationship ...Read More

  • The Wise and Industrious Wife

    Proverbs 31:13–27

    It has been said that “behind every great man, there’s a great woman.” Indeed, the quality of a husband’s wife will inevitably have an impact on the husband’s reputation for good or for ill. Godly wives endeavor to act ...Read More

  • The Excellent Wife

    Proverbs 31:10–12

    The wisdom of Proverbs is not meant to remain “out there” in theory but is to take root in the everyday lives of God’s people. The excellent wife embodies the Lord’s wisdom in fulfilling her divinely appointed role and in ...Read More

  • Go to the Ant

    Proverbs 6:6–11

    Christians from the Reformed tradition believe that God has revealed Himself in Scripture and in creation. We cannot obtain saving knowledge of the Lord by observing the world around us; for that, we must have the special revelation given to ...Read More

  • The Diligent Hand of the Prudent Son

    Proverbs 10:4–5

    After a hard day’s work, it can be hard to put in the requisite effort to grow in the things of the Lord. Nevertheless, if we are to grow to maturity in Christ, it is important that we be diligent ...Read More

  • Small but Wise

    Proverbs 30:24–25

    The cooperation we see among the members of an ant colony evidences the kind of wisdom that allows people to thrive when they work together—even when individual weaknesses might hold them back. Thus, it is not surprising that God ...Read More