Topical Proverbs

The good old bible commentator Mathew Henry (1662 –1714) did us a great favor in putting together this very helpful topical index of Proverbs. He categorized all the proverbs under 77 topics.

But before I get to it I must say something of his well known six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (1708–10) or Complete Commentary which provides an exhaustive verse by verse study of the Bible, covering the whole of the Old Testament, and the Gospels and Acts in the New Testament. After the author’s death, the work was finished (Romans through Revelation) by thirteen other nonconformist ministers, partly based upon notes taken by Henry’s hearers, and edited by George Burder and John Hughes in 1811. It is available on apps like esword and Mysword and is my wife’s & my very helpful companion as we read through the Bible every year.

George Whitefield read through it four times, the last time on his knees. Charles Spurgeon .  stated, “Every minister ought to read it entirely and carefully through once at least.” John Wesley wrote of Henry:

 his exposition is generally clear and intelligible, the thoughts being expressed in plain words: It is also found, agreeable to the tenor of scripture, and to the analogy of faith. It is frequently full, giving a sufficient explication of the passages which require explaining. It is in many parts deep, penetrating farther into the inspired writings than most other comments do. It does not entertain us with vain speculations, but is practical throughout: and usually spiritual too, teaching us how to worship God, not in form only, but in spirit and in truth.

I agree.

(quotes from wikipedia)

May this Proverbs topical index, coming out of the above commentary, help you in your study of Proverbs, to convict of sin and also as a guide to live by with the help of the Holy Spirit.

#TopicProverbs Ch : verse
01the comfort, or grief, parents have in their children, according as they are wise or foolish, godly or ungodly10:1 ; 15:20; 17:21, 25; 19:13, 26; 23:15, 16, 24, 25; 27:11; 29:3
02Athe world’s insufficiency, and christianity’s sufficiency, to make us happy10:2,3; 11:4
02Band the preference to be therefore given to the gains of virtue above those of this world15:16,17; 16:8,16; 17:1; 19:1; 28:6,11
03Aslothfulness and diligence10:4,26; 12:11,24,27; 13:4,23; 15:19; 16:26; 18:9; 19:15, 24; 20:4, 13; 21:5,25,26; 22:13,29; 24:30-34; 26:13-16; 27:18,23,27; 28:19
03Bparticularly the improving or neglecting opportunities6:6; 10:5
04the happiness of the righteous, and the misery of the wicked10:6,9,16,24,25,27-30; 11:3,5-8,18-21,31; 12:2,3,7,13,14,21,26,28; 13:6,9,14,15,21,22,25; 14:11,14,19,32; 15:6,8,9,24,26,29; 20:7; 21:12,15,16,18,21; 22:12; 28:10,18; 29:6
05Ahonour and dishonour10:7; 12:8,9; 18:3; 26:1; 27:21
05Band vain-glory25:14,27; 27:2
06the wisdom of obedience, and folly of disobedience10:8,17; 12:1,15; 13:1,13,18; 15:5,10,12,31,32; 19:16; 28:4,7,9
07mischievousness and usefulness10:10,23; 11:9-11,23,27; 12:5,6,12,18,20; 13:2; 14:22; 16:29, 30; 17:11; 21:10; 24:8; 26:23,27
08The praise of wise and good discourse, and the hurt and shame of an ungoverned tongue10:11,13,14,20,21,31,32; 11:30; 14:3; 15:2,4,7,23,28; 16:20,23,24; 17:7; 18:4,7,20,21; 20:15; 21:23; 23:9; 24:26; 25:11
09love and hatred, peaceableness and contention10:12; 15:17; 17:1,9,14,19; 18:6,17-19; 20:3; 25:8; 26:17, 21; 29:9
10rich and poor10:5,22; 11:28; 13:7,8; 14:20,24; 18:11,23; 19:1,4,7,22; 22:2,7; 28:6,11; 29:13
11lying, fraud, and dissimulation, and of truth and sincerity10:18; 12:17,19,22; 13:5; 17:4; 20:14,17; 26:18, 19,24-26,28
12slandering10:18; 16:27; 25:23
13talkativeness and silence10:19; 11:12; 12:23; 13:3; 17:27,28; 29:11,20
14justice and injustice11:1; 13:16; 16:8,11; 17:15,26; 18:5; 20:10,23; 22:28; 23:10,11; 29:24
15pride and humility11:2; 13:10; 15:25,33; 16:5,18,19; 18:12; 21:4; 25:6,7; 28:25; 29:23
16despising and respecting others11:12; 14:21
17tale-bearing11:13; 16:28; 18:8; 20:19; 26:20,22
18rashness and deliberation11:14; 15:22; 18:13; 19:2; 20:5, 18; 21:29; 22:3; 25:8-10
19suretiship11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26,27; 27:13
20good and bad women, or wives11:16,22; 12:4; 14:1; 18:22; 19:13,14; 21:9,19; 25:24; 27:15,16
21mercifulness and unmercifulness11:17; 12:10; 14:21; 19:17; 21:13
22charity to the poor, and uncharitableness11:24-26 ; 14:31; 17:5; 22:9,16,22,23; 28:27; 29:7
23covetousness and contentment11:29; 15:16,17,27; 23:4,5
24anger and meekness12:16; 14:17,29; 15:1,18; 16:32; 17:12,26; 19:11,19; 22:24,25; 25:15,28; 26:21; 29:22
25melancholy and cheerfulness12:25; 14:10,13; 15:13,15; 17:22; 18:14; 25:20,25
26hope and expectation13:12,19
27prudence and foolishness13:16; 14:8,18,33; 15:14,21; 16:21,22; 17:24; 18:2,15; 24:3-7; 7:27; 26:6-11; 28:5
28treachery and fidelity13:17; 25:13,19
29good and bad company13:20; 14:7; 28:7; 29:3
30education of children13:24; 19:18; 20:11; 22:6,15; 23:12; 14:14; 29:15,17
31fear of the Lord14:2,26,27; 15:16,33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:4; 23:17,18
32true and false witness-bearing14:5,25; 19:5,9,28; 21:28; 24:28; 25:18
33scorners14:6,9; 21:24; 22:10; 24:9; 29:9
34credulity and caution14:15,16; 27:12
35kings and their subjects14:28,34,35; 16:10,12-15; 19:6,12; 20:2,8,26,28; 22:11; 24:23-25; 30:2-5; 28:2,3,15,16; 29:5,12,14,26
36envy, especially envying sinners14:30; 23:17,18; 24:1,2,19, 20; 27:4
37God’s omniscience, and his universal providence15:3,11; 16:1,4,9,33; 17:3; 19:21; 20:12,24; 21:1,30,31; 29:26
38a good and ill name15:30 ; 22:1
39men’s good opinion of themselves14:12; 16:2,25; 20:6; 21:2; 26:12; 28:26
40devotion towards God, and dependence on him16:3; 18:10; 23:26; 27:1; 28:25; 29:25
41the happiness of God’s favour16:7; 29:26
42excitements to get wisdom16:16; 18:1; 19:8,20; 22:17-21; 23:15,16,22-25; 24:13,14; 27:11
43cautions against temptations16:17 ; 29:27
44old age and youth16:31; 17:6; 20:29
45servants17:2; 19:10; 29:19,21
46bribery17:8,23; 18:16; 21:14; 28:21
47reproof and correction17:10; 19:25,29; 20:30; 21:11; 25:12; 26:3; 27:5,6,22; 28:23; 29:1
48ingratitude17:13
49friendship17:17; 18:24; 27:9,10,14,17
50sensual pleasures21:17; 23:1-3,6-8, 19-21; 27:7
51drunkenness20:1 ; 23:23,29-35
52the universal corruption of nature20:9
53flattery20:19; 26:28; 28:23; 29:5
54undutiful children20:20; 28:24
55the short continuance of what is ill-gotten20:21; 21:6,7; 22:8; 28:
56revenge20:22; 24:17,18,29
57sacrilege20:25
58conscience20:27; 27:19
59the preference of moral duties before ceremonial15:8; 21:3,27
60prodigality and wastefulness21:20
61triumphs of wisdom and godliness21:22; 24:15,16
62frowardness and tractableness22:5
63uncleanness22:14; 23:27,28
64fainting in affliction24:10
65helping the distressed14:11,12
66loyalty to the government24:21,22
67forgiving enemies25:21,22
68causeless curse26:2
69answering fools26:4,5
70unsettledness and unsatisfiedness27:8,20
71cowardliness and courage28:1
72people’s interest in the character of their rulers28:12,28; 29:2,16; 11:10,11
73benefit of repentance and holy fear28:13,14
75hastening to be rich28:20,22
76the enmity of the wicked against the godly29:10,27
77the necessity of the means of grace29:18