Proverbs, Chapter 24

2: Destruction - How they may oppress and destroy others.

3: Through wisdom - There is no need that thou shouldest raise thy family by ruining others, which thou mayest more effectually do by wisdom.

4: By knowledge - Which in scripture phrase includes the love and practice of what we know.

5: Is strong - Is courageous and resolute, and able by wisdom to do greater things than others can accomplish by strength.

6: Thy war - War is better managed by wisdom than by strength.

7: A fool - For a wicked man, whose sins enfeeble his mind, and make it incapable of wisdom. Openeth not - He knows not how to speak acceptably, and profitably in the publick assembly.

8: Shall be called - Though he cover his wicked devices with fair pretences, he shall be branded with that infamy which is due to him.

9: The thought - The very inward thought or contrivance of evil, is a sin in God's sight.

11: Deliver - When it is in thy power. Drawn - By the violence of lawless men.

12: Consider - That this is only a frivolous excuse.

13: Eat - This is not a command, but a concession, and is only here expressed to illustrate the following verse. Honey in those parts was an usual food.

14: A reward - It is not only sweet for the present, but brings a sure and everlasting reward.

16: Falleth - Into calamities, of which he evidently speaks both in the foregoing verse, and in the following branch of this verse. Fall - Frequently into irrecoverable destruction.

17: Falleth - Into mischief.

18: From him - Understand, upon thee, which is implied in the Hebrew phrase.

20: No reward - All his happiness shall quickly and eternally perish. The candle - All their comfort and glory shall cease.

21: To change - That are unstable in their obedience to God or to the king.

22: Who knoweth - Who can conceive how sore and sudden will be the ruin of them that fear not God, and the king.

23: These - The counsels following, to the end of the chapter, no less than those hitherto mentioned, are worthy of their consideration.

25: Rebuke - That publickly and judicially rebuke and condemn the wicked. Delight - The peace of a good conscience.

26: Shall kiss - Shall respect him. A right answer - That speaks pertinently and plainly, and truly.

32: Received - I learned wisdom by his folly.

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