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1: A mocker - Wine immoderately drunk makes men mockers.
Raging - Makes men full of rage.
2: The fear - The terror which the wrath of a king causes.
3: Meddling - Is always ready to begin strife, and obstinate in the
continuance of it.
5: Counsel - Designs of doing something of moment.
Deep water - Is secret and hard to be discovered.
8: His eyes - With his very looks, or by his diligent inspection into
10: Divers - One greater for shew and one lesser for use.
11: Is known - The future disposition of a man may be probably
conjectured from his childish manners.
13: Open - Shake off sloth and betake thyself to thy employment with
diligence and vigour.
15: The lips - But wise speeches are of far greater worth.
16: Take - As a pledge, without which he ought not to be trusted.
Of him - That is surety.
18: Established - The way to bring our purposes to good effect is to
manage them with serious consideration.
20: Lamp - His name and memory shall utterly perish.
24: His way - What the issue of his designs will be.
25: A snare - It brings guilt upon him. After - After a man has
made vows to enquire for ways to break them.
26: The wheel - As the cart - wheel was anciently turned over the
sheaves to beat the corn out of them. He punishes them as their
27: The spirit - The reasonable soul. The candle - Is a clear and
glorious light set up in man for his information and direction.
Of the Lord - So called because it comes from God in a more immediate
manner than the body, (Ec 12:7), and because it is in God's stead,
to observe and judge all our actions. Searching - Discerning not only
his outward actions, which are visible to others, but his most inward
thoughts and affections. The belly is here put for the heart, as it
30: The blueness - Grievous wounds, which make men black and blue; or
severe punishments. Cleanseth - Are the means to reclaim a wicked man, and
to purge out his corruption. The belly - Of the heart. Grievous wounds or
stripes cleanse not only the outward man by keeping it from evil actions,
but even the inward man, by expelling or subduing vile affections: which
is a great and blessed benefit of afflictions.