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Observations on wisdom and folly, ver. 1 - 3.
On rulers, ver. 4 - 7.
Miscellany observations, ver. 8 - 11.
On governing the tongue, ver. 12 - 14.
More miscellany observations, ver. 15 - 20.
2: Heart - His understanding is always present with him and ready
to direct him. He mentions the right hand, because that is the common
instrument of action. A fool's - His understanding is not effectual to
govern his affections and actions.
3: Walketh - In his daily conversation. He saith - He discovers
his folly to all that meet him.
4: The spirit - The passion. Leave not - In anger or discontent.
Continue in a diligent and faithful discharge of thy duty, and modestly
and humbly submit to him. Yielding - A gentle and submissive carriage.
6: The rich - Wise and worthy men, rich in endowments of mind.
8: An hedge - Whereby another man's fields or vineyards are
distinguished, that he may either take away their fruits, or
enlarge his own fields.
9: Whoso removeth - Stones too heavy for them: who rashly attempts
things too high and hard for them.
10: Wisdom - As wisdom instructs a man in the smallest matters,
so it is useful for a man's direction in all weighty affairs.
11: Without - If not prevented by the art and care of the charmer;
which practice he does not justify, but only mentions by way of resemblance.
12: Gracious - Procure him favour with those who hear him.
14: Full of words - Forward to promise and boast what he will do,
whereas none can be sure of future events, even during his own life,
much more after his death.
15: Wearieth - Fools discover their folly by their wearisome and
fruitless endeavours after things which are too high for them.
Because - He is ignorant of those things which are most easy, as of the
way to the great city whither he is going.
16: A child - Either in age, or childish qualities. Eat - Give up
themselves to eating and drinking. Morning - The fittest time for God's
service, for the dispatch of weighty affairs, and for sitting in judgment.
17: Nobles - Not so much by birth, as by their noble dispositions.
20: Thy thought - In the most secret manner. The rich - Princes or
governors. A bird - The king will hear of it by unknown and unsuspected
hands, as if a bird had heard and carried the report of it.