An Exposition of the Book of Proverbs, Volume 1

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Robert Carter, 1847 - 544 pages

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My wife and I are reading it together, and discussing as we go. We find his work patchy - some expositions are brilliant, others obtuse and verbose. He tends to spiritualise the practical wisdom of Proverbs, thus narrowing its application. Sometimes we give up and go back to the Scripture verse he is 'expounding', and we find it easier to understand than his 'explanation' thereof. He ought to be willing to take the plain text as it is and not always feel obliged try to find some hidden spiritual meaning. He writes out of the mono-cultural context in which he lived and worked. Yet other times we are moved to spontaneous prayer by his exposition. Although I can recognise most of his intra-biblical illustrations, he assumes a breadth of biblical literacy that is not common today, and it would help if he had named some of the Biblical characters he alludes to, so that it is not necessary to look up every marginal Scripture reference.  

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This book is a gem! The practical truths of scripture are so clearly expounded. Charles Bridges, by the grace of God, sees the LORD Jesus Christ in all his wisdom and beauty. Bridges saw what few people see when they read the Book of Proverbs. Jesus is the Wisdom spoken of.. Wisdom is the person of Christ. Read this book prayerfully, meditating on the Word of God. May you find the spiritual food that I found in this book. Eat from it daily! 

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Page 37 - The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
Page 42 - Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
Page 445 - I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; "Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke; turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God.
Page 70 - The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth ; When there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills was I brought forth...
Page 262 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
Page 374 - Who hath woe ? who hath sorrow ? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause ? who hath redness of eyes ? They that tarry long at the wine ; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Page 12 - My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee, so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding ; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures ; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
Page 69 - That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance ; And I will fill their treasures.
Page 126 - The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Page 2 - A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation: the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

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