Wesley's Explanatory Notes
False lips - To false accusations and calumnies, which give him occasion and encouragement to do mischief.
A precious stone - Pleasant and acceptable; and withal dazzles his eyes. Whithersoever - To whomsoever it is presented. But this, as also many of her proverbs, are to be understood of most men, not of all.
Rebellion - Against God. Messenger - Or, a cruel angel, the angel of death, the devil, or some bloody men employed by God to avenge his quarrel.
Letteth out - By cutting the bank of a river. Leave off - Avoid the occasions, and prevent the beginning of contention.
A price - Opportunities and abilities of getting it. No heart - Neither discretion to discern the worth of wisdom, nor any sincere desire to get it.
Was born - Was sent into the world for this, that he might comfort and relieve his brother in adversity.
Doth good - Even to the body; it contributes much to bodily health and vigour. Drieth - Wastes the marrow of the bones, and the moisture and strength of the body.
In the face - His wisdom appears even in his looks. The eyes - Minding most, those things which are remotest from him, and least concern him.
To strike - Nor to smite magistrates, either with the hand or tongue, for the execution of justice.
on the Whole Bible". http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-17.html. 1765.
Sunday, February 19th, 2017
the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
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