New Defender's Study Bible Notes
29:1 hardeneth his neck. The classic example is the antediluvian generation that rejected 120 years of preaching by Noah. “My Spirit shall not always strive with man,” God had said (Genesis 6:3), and finally they were suddenly destroyed in the great Flood.
29:9 contendeth with a foolish man. There is nothing to be gained by arguing with a foolish man (“wise in his own conceits”—Proverbs 26:12) about spiritual truths. It will lead either to anger or ridicule, and no conclusion is reached.
29:15 rod and reproof. See note on Proverbs 22:15.
29:18 vision. The word “vision” here does not refer to far-sighted imagination, as this verse is commonly applied, but rather to actual divine revelation.
29:18 perish. This word, “perish,” means “open” or “exposed.” That is, when people today reject or ignore the revealed Word of God, they are open and helpless to resist the humanistic and occultic doctrines of men and devils.
29:18 happy. True happiness, or blessing, is found only through “keeping”—that is, “guarding” God’s Word, then obeying and proclaiming it.
29:20 more hope of a fool. Compare Proverbs 26:12.
29:24 bewrayeth. That is, “betrays.”