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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 17

Verse 4
False lips - To false accusations and calumnies, which give him occasion and encouragement to do mischief.

Verse 7
Excellent speech - Discourse of high and excellent things.

Verse 8
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.

Verse 9
Covereth - That conceals as far as he may, other mens faults.

Verse 11
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.

Verse 12
Folly - In the heat of his lust or passion.

Verse 14
Letteth out - By cutting the bank of a river. Leave off - Avoid the occasions, and prevent the beginning of contention.

Verse 16
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.

Verse 17
Was born - Was sent into the world for this, that he might comfort and relieve his brother in adversity.

Verse 18
Friend - Debtor, for whom being his friend, he becomes surety.

Verse 20
No good - Shall not get that advantage which he expects.

Verse 22
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.

Verse 24
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.

Verse 26
To strike - Nor to smite magistrates, either with the hand or tongue, for the execution of justice.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 17:1". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

on the Whole Bible". "". 1765.

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