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2: Shall eat - Shall receive comfort, and benefit by his wise and
6: Keepeth him - From that over - throw which befal sinners.
7: Maketh rich - Some men who have little or nothing, pretend to have
great riches. Maketh rich - Some rich men profess to be poor.
8: Riches - Riches enable a man to redeem his life when it is in
greatest danger, and poverty preserves a man from many injuries. Because
they are cautious, that they may not provoke others; and because they are
esteemed objects of pity.
9: The light - The prosperity. Rejoiceth - Shines with a pleasant
and constant brightness. Rejoicing is here ascribed to the light, as
it is to the sun, (Ps 19:5), metaphorically.
Put out - Their felicity shall have a hidden end.
10: Pride - It is chiefly, pride which blows up the coals of
contention. Well - advised - Who are not governed by their passions, but by
prudent considerations. Wisdom - Which teaches them to avoid contention.
11: Vanity - By wicked practices.
12: Hope deferred - Delays in obtaining what a man passionately
desires. The desire - The good desired. A tree of life - It is
satisfactory, and reviving.
13: The word - The word of God.
14: The law - The instruction, or counsel; as the word law, is
frequently understood in scripture.
15: Giveth - Makes a man acceptable to God. Rough - Offensive and
hateful to God and men, as rough ways are to a traveller.
16: Knowledge - Considerately and discreetly. Layeth open - By his
17: A messenger - Who is unfaithful in the execution of that which is
committed to his charge. Is health - Procures benefit, as to his master,
so to himself.
19: Sweet - Whatsoever men earnestly desire, the enjoyment of it is
sweet to them; therefore sinners rejoice in the satisfaction of their
sinful lusts, and abhor all restraint of them.
21: Evil - Punishment proportionable to their sin.
23: The poor - Poor persons by their diligent labours, and
God's blessing often grow rich. Destroyed - Or, consumed, brought
to poverty, for want of discretion.
24: Hateth his son - His fond affection, is as pernicious to him as