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Bible Commentaries

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Proverbs 24

Verses 1-34

5. Read, ’A wise man is better than a warrior, and a man of knowledge than a man of strength.’

7. When put on his trial ’in the gate’ of the city, where public business was usually transacted, he has nothing to say (Matthew 22:12).

10. Adversity is sent to bring out your strength: if you are slack and irresolute in the day of trial you are proved to be a weakling.

11, 12. Do not seek to evade your responsibilities (Genesis 4:9; James 4:17).

13, 14. Wisdom is as sweet as honey.

16-18. Seven] an indefinite, but considerable number. The wrath will now fall on you.

20. Candle] RV ’lamp’ (Proverbs 31:18).

21, 22. Take no part in conspiracies and revolutions.

23-34. is a short collection of sayings, with the heading, ’These also are sayings of the wise.’

26. Every man, etc.] ’He Kisseth the lips’: i.e. behaves as a true friend.

27. Before ’building the house’ (i.e. getting married), make proper provision.

28. This is in opposition to the ancient law of retaliation (Exodus 21:23-25; Leviticus 24:17-21; Deuteronomy 19:21).

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 24". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.