Summary: This is a verse by verse look at Proverbs chapter 29.
Pearls From Proverbs – Chapter Twenty Nine
Proverbs 29:1 (NASB) A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
The Good News Bible says it this way, "If you get more stubborn every time you are corrected, one day you will be crushed and never recover."
Warnings rarely come with countdowns. We can't tell when we've had our last chance to change. When we, like the person in this proverb, refuse to consider valid criticism, we leave ourselves open to sudden disaster. The moment we realize that a change is necessary is the best moment to take action. What significant adjustments have been on hold in your life for too long?
Proverbs 29:2 (NASB) When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
Leaders have a great influence on those they rule over. We should always pray for our leaders. We should pray that we have godly - wise leader. When wicked or ungodly leaders are in charge - the people groan. Let us pray that righteousness will increase and that we will have righteous leaders.
Proverbs 29:3 (NASB) A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.
Ellicott has said, "—This verse is illustrated by the parable of the prodigal son (see Luke 15)." We hope that our children will listen to good instruction and follow it - but that is not always the case. Let us therefore be like the prodigal son's father - always having hope that our children will return to the right path.
Proverbs 29:4 (NASB) The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
Matthew Henry has said, "The care and business of a prince should be to establish the land, to maintain its fundamental laws, to settle the minds of his subjects and make them easy, to secure their liberties and properties from hostilities and for posterity, and to set in order the things that are wanting; this he must do by judgment, by wise counsels, and by the steady administration of justice, without respect of persons, which will have these good effects."
But a prince that takes bribes or rules with injustice will ruin the land.
Proverbs 29:5 (NASB) A man who flatters his neighbor Is spreading a net for his steps.
The Message Bible says it this way, "A flattering neighbor is up to no good; he's probably planning to take advantage of you."
Clarke has said, "Beware of a flatterer; he does not flatter merely to please you, but to deceive you and profit himself."
Proverbs 29:6 (NASB) By transgression an evil man is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices.
Here we find that you reap what you sow. A person who lives in continual sinfullness - will be ensnared by it. On the other hand - the righteous will sing and rejoice for there is no snare waiting around the corner for them.
Proverbs 29:7 (NASB) The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
The righteous don't just look out for their own needs - but also the needs of the poor. The wicked don't understand why one would be concerned about others since all they are concerned about is themselves.