Proverbs 19:2 - Walk With God And You Wont Stumble.
Pro.19:2: Walk With God And You Wont Stumble.
Prov 19:2 (KJV) Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is
not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
Prov 19:2 (NIV) It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,
nor to be hasty and miss the way.
Prov 19:2 (NRSV) Desire without knowledge is not good, and one
who moves too hurriedly misses the way.
Prov 19:2 (NCV) Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good. If
you act too quickly, you might make a mistake.
Prov 19:2 (AMP) Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be
overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.
Zeal here means inner drive or vitality. It refers not so much
to ecstatic exuberance as to ambitious drive which without adequate
knowledge may lead to hasty blunders. Such haste (cf. 21:5; 29:20) may
result in a person missing the way, that is, making mistakes. As the
modern-day proverb puts it, "Haste makes waste." [Bible Knowledge
Hasting with the feet' is acting "without knowledge," (Jamieson,
Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
Makes haste with his feet. I.e., to proceed without caution and
direction. [Ryrie SB]
Ignorance and precipitancy are close akin. (Jamieson, Fausset,
and Brown Commentary)
Ignorance and haste are common causes of mistakes and sometimes
of sin. [SDA Commentary]
He sins who will not take time to ponder the path of his feet.
[Matthew Henry Commentary]
A child does nothing cautiously, because it is uninstructed; a
savage is also rash and precipitate, till experience instructs him. A
man who has not the knowledge of God is incautious, rash,
headstrong, and precipitate: and hence, he sinneth-- he is continually
missing the mark, and wounding his own soul. (Adam Clarke Commentary)
We often move hastily through life, rushing headlong into the
unknown. Many people marry without knowing what to expect of their
partner or of married life. Others try illicit sex or drugs without
considering the consequences. Some plunge into jobs without evaluating
whether they are suitable to that line of work. Don't rush into the
unknown. Be sure you understand what you're getting into and where you
want to go before you take the first step. And if it still seems
unknown, be sure you are following God. [Life Application SB]
The soul was made for God; and to be without his knowledge, to
be unacquainted with him, is not only not good, but the greatest
evil the soul can suffer, for it involves all other evils. (Adam
These are strange words to try and apply to our lives in the
'90s! No one waits for anything or anyone! We are all in the fast
lane doing our own thing! To wait upon Him takes strength and
courage: strength of character to "will" to wait, and courage to do what
others do not. To do something that has eternal significance, it must
be done through the power of the Holy Spirit, not logic or emotion.
To move out in service of any kind, and do it in the flesh will
profit us nothing. When we come to understand that His ways are not our
ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts, it will become easier to
wait for the Lord. Have you experienced times in your own life when
you should have waited for the Lord and didn't? Did you learn the
lesson well, or will you have to suffer again? Most of us will not
come to an understanding of this vital truth without many failures.
But be encouraged to keep on trying, and WAIT FOR THE LORD! [In His
Time; Walk With Wisdom]
Remember that prayer is the source of your strength. A worker
cannot gain success while he hurries through his prayers and rushes
away to look after something that he fears may be neglected or
forgotten. He gives only a few hurried thoughts to God; he does not take
time to think, to pray, to wait upon the Lord for a renewal of
physical and spiritual strength. He soon becomes weary. He does not feel
the uplifting, inspiring influence of God's Spirit. He is not
quickened by fresh life. His jaded frame and tired brain are not soothed
by personal contact with Christ. 7T243
Keep close to God and to your duty. Wait on the Lord by faith,
and prayer, and a humble resignation to his will; wait, I say, on
the Lord; whatever you do, grow not remiss in your attendance upon
God. Keep up your spirits in the midst of the greatest dangers and
difficulties: Be of good courage; let your hearts be fixed, trusting in God,
and your minds stayed upon him, and then let none of these things
move you. Those that wait upon the Lord have reason to be of good
courage. (Matthew Henry's Commentary re ?)