Proverbs 30:12
There is a generation of those who are pure in their own eyes and yet unwashed of their filth.
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Self-Righteousness CondemnedJ. Hambleton, M.A.Proverbs 30:12
Detestable Phases of Human CharacterE. Johnson Proverbs 30:11-14


I. THOSE UNGRATEFUL TO PARENTS. (Ver. 11.) "Without natural affection." Solon, asked why he had made no law against parricides, said that he could not conceive of any one so impious and cruel. In the Law of Moses the cursing of a parent was visited with the same punishment as the blaspheming of God (Leviticus 20:9; Leviticus 24:11-16; comp. Isaiah 45:9, 10; 2 Timothy 3:2).

II. CRASS SELF-CONCEIT AND PRIDE. (Vers. 12, 13.) The Pharisees in the gospel (Matthew 23:25-27), the Laodicean Church (Revelation 3:17, 18), are examples. But the character is a constant one, and reappears in every age as a foil to genuine Christianity. Compare Mozley's powerful sermon on the Pharisees. But it was a noble Pharisee who learned, in the humility of Christ, to "have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3).

III. PITILESS CRUELTY AND OPPRESSION. (Ver. 14.) Wolves in human guise or in sheep's clothing. Similar pictures are to be found in Psalm 57:5; Psalm 58:7; Isaiah 9:12; Jeremiah 5:17; Jeremiah 30:16, 17. These pictures of the heart, its exceeding deceitfulness and desperate wickedness, should lead us to examine our own. The germs of all the world's evil are to be found in these microcosmi - these "little worlds." When we know ourselves truly, the prayer will the more sincerely arise to him to whom all hearts are open, that he will cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of his Holy Spirit. - J.







There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes.
There is a whole generation, not merely a few individuals, of self-justified sinners.

I. THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS HEATHEN. But he has very serious and pitiable disadvantages. He has but the law of nature, with a few rays of Divine truth which, through tradition, have broken in upon his darkness.

II. THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS JEW. The modern Jew is precisely where the Jew who rejected Jesus as the Messiah was in St. Paul's days.

III. THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS INFIDEL. He worships reason, and he thinks that he has the only rational religion. He is his own standard of perfection.

IV. THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS MAN OF THE WORLD. One who pays very slight regard to externals — the mere forms of religion — and none at all to the internals.

V. THE PHARISEES AND SEMI-PHARISEES OF THE PRESENT DAY. Those who trust in themselves that they are righteous, and despise others; who mix together faith and works in regard to justification.

VI. THE EVANGELICAL PHARISEE. Loud in his profession, censorious of the world, and also of humble Christians who feel doubt and hesitation, not professing quite so much. His faith does not work by love, nor purify the heart. Such men have no constancy — they have not the vitality of the principle of grace rooted in the heart.

(J. Hambleton, M.A.)

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