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1. soft—tender or gentle.
turneth . . . wrath—from any one.
stir up—as a smouldering fire is excited.
2. useth . . . aright—commends knowledge by its proper use.
poureth out—utters abundantly (Proverbs 12:23), and so disgusts others.
3. beholding—watching (compare Proverbs 5:21; Psalms 66:7).
4. A wholesome tongue—(Compare Margin), pacifying and soothing language.
tree of life— (Proverbs 3:18; Proverbs 11:30).
perverseness therein—cross, ill-natured language.
breach . . . spirit—(compare Isaiah 65:14, Hebrew), grieves, instead of appeasing.
5. (Compare Proverbs 4:1; Proverbs 10:17; Proverbs 13:1-20.13.18).
is prudent—acts discreetly.
6. treasure—implying utility.
trouble—vexation and affliction.
7. (Compare Proverbs 10:20; Proverbs 10:21).
heart . . . not so—not right, or vain.
8, 9. The sacrifice [and] prayer—are acts of worship.
way . . . followeth . . . righteousness—denote conduct. God's regard for the worship and deeds of the righteous and wicked respectively, so stated in Psalms 50:17; Isaiah 1:11.
10. (Compare :-).
the way—that in which God would have him to go (Proverbs 2:13; Psalms 119:1).
11. Hell— ( :-).
destruction—or, "Abaddon," the place of the destroyer. All the unseen world is open to God, much more men's hearts.
12. (Compare :-).
go unto the wise—to be instructed.
13. maketh . . . countenance—or, "benefits the countenance."
spirit is broken—and so the countenance is sad.
14. (Compare Proverbs 10:21; Proverbs 10:22). The wise grow wiser, the fools more foolish (Proverbs 9:9).
15. The state of the heart governs the outward condition.
evil—sad, contrasted with the cheerfulness of a feast.
16. trouble—agitation, implying the anxieties and perplexities attending wealth held by worldlings (Proverbs 16:18; 1 Timothy 6:6).
17. dinner—or, "allowance" (2 Kings 25:30) —
of herbs—and that the plainest.
and hatred—(compare Proverbs 10:12; Proverbs 10:18).
18. (Compare Proverbs 14:29; Proverbs 16:32).
19. The difficulties of the slothful result from want of energy; the righteous find a
plain [and open] way—literally, "a highway," by diligence (1 Samuel 10:7; Psalms 1:3).
20. (Compare :-).
21. walketh uprightly—and so finds his joy (Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 10:23).
22. Without counsel—or, "deliberation," implying a wise deference to the opinions of the wise and good, contrasted with rashness.
23. Good advice blesses the giver and receiver.
24. (Compare :-). Holy purposes prevent sinning, and so its evils.
25. The most desolate who have God's aid have more permanent good than the self-reliant sinner (Proverbs 2:22; Proverbs 12:7).
border—or, "boundary for possessions" (Psalms 78:54).
26. are pleasant words—that is, pleasing to God (Proverbs 8:8; Proverbs 8:9).
27. (Compare :-). Avarice brings trouble to him and his.
hateth gifts—or, "bribes" (Exodus 23:8; Psalms 15:5), and is not avaricious.
28. (Compare Proverbs 15:14; Proverbs 10:11). Caution is the fruit of wisdom; rashness of folly.
29. far . . . wicked—in His love and favor (Psalms 22:11; Psalms 119:155).
30. light of the eyes— ( :-). What gives light rejoiceth the heart, by relieving from anxiety as to our course; so
good report—or, "doctrine" (Isaiah 28:9; Isaiah 53:1),
maketh . . . fat—or, "gives prosperity" (Proverbs 3:13-20.3.17; Proverbs 9:11). The last clause is illustrated by the first.
31, 32. (Compare :-).
reproof of life—which leads to life.
abideth . . . wise—is numbered among them.
32. refuseth—or, "neglects," "passes by" (Proverbs 1:25; Proverbs 4:15).
despiseth . . . soul—so acts as if esteeming its interests of no value.
33. The fear . . . wisdom—Wisdom instructs in true piety.
before . . . humility—(compare Luke 24:26; 1 Peter 1:11); opposite (compare 1 Peter 1:11- :).
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