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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary
Proverbs 7



Verse 1

Words. As dangerous temptations always threaten, the same instructions are frequently inculcated. (Worthington)

Verse 5

Thine. But another's, ver. 19. Give thy heart to wisdom, that it may be guarded against impure love.

Verse 6

Lattice. No glass was used, on account of the great heat. (Calmet)

Verse 7

Ones. Not in age, but prudence. (Menochius)

Verse 10

Attire. Covered with a veil, (Genesis xxxviii. 15.) though different from that of honest women. (Calmet) --- The wanton are commonly the most gaudy; nullarum fere pretiosior cultus est quam quarum pudor vilis est. (St. Cyprian, de Habitu.) --- Prepared, &c. Hebrew, "guarded," (Calmet) or "subtle of heart." (Protestants) "who makes the hearts of youths take flight." (Septuagint) (Canticle of Canticles vi. 4.) (Haydock)

Verse 11

Not....quiet. Is not in Hebrew. (Calmet) --- "She is loud and stubborn, her feet abide not in her house." (Protestants) (Haydock) --- Chaste women are guarded in their speech, and keep at home. (Menochius)

Verse 14

Prosperity. Or thy welfare, (Cornelius a Lapide; Tirinus) so great is my love for thee. (Menochius) --- Vows. And therefore I have a feast prepared. People might carry home the greatest part of the victim to eat, if they were clean, Leviticus vii. 29. (Calmet)

Verse 16

Cords. For greater ease, instead of boards, (Menochius) or the curtains are hung with precious cords from Egypt. (Calmet)

Verse 17

Aloes. Of Syria, (John xix. 39.) different from ours, Numbers xxxiv. 6. (Calmet)

Verse 18

Inebriated. Protestants, "take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves." (Haydock) --- This passion is a sort of intoxication. (Menochius)

Verse 19

My. Literally, "the man." (Haydock) --- She speaks thus out of contempt. (Calmet)

Verse 20

The day. Septuagint, "after many days." Hebrew, "at the day concealed," or when the people will dwell under tents, (Chaldean; Calmet) or "at the new moon," when it does not appear. (Piscator) --- He will not return for a long time, so that we need apprehend no danger from him. (Menochius)

Verse 22

Lamb. Protestants, "fool to the correction of the stocks," (Haydock) or "like a shackle (abs.) for the chastisement of a fool." (Mont.[Montanus?]) --- Interpreters have read different words. (Calmet) --- Sinners who have given way to temptations, are as inconsiderate as oxen, or birds which hasten to their own ruin. (Worthington)

Verse 26

Her. Solomon gave a melancholy proof of this, as well as David, and Amnon. (Calmet)

Verse 27

Death. There can be no precaution too great, chap. ii. 18. (Calmet)

Verse 35



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Bibliography Information
Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 7:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 1859.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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