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Print Version Main Index : Commentaries : Wesley's Notes : Proverbs Index : Chapter 4

Proverbs, Chapter 4
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An exhortation to the study of wisdom, is forced by various arguments, ver. 1 - 13. A caution against bad company, ver. 14 - 19. Directions for the attaining and keeping of wisdom, ver. 20 - 27.

1: A father - Of me, who have paternal authority over you and affection for you.

3: Tender - Young and tender in years, and tenderly educated. Only beloved - Beloved above all the rest.

4: Said - The following verses, at least as far as the tenth verse, are the words of David.

7: With all - Even with the price of all.

8: Exalt - Let her have thine highest esteem and affection.

9: Grace - A beautiful ornament, such as they used to put upon their heads.

16: For - They cannot sleep with quietness.

17: For - Wickedness is as pleasant to them as their bread.

18: But - Just men daily grow in knowledge, and grace, and consolation, 'till all be perfected and swallowed up in glory.

19: Darkness - Full of ignorance and error, of uncertainty and confusion, of danger and misery.

23: Heart - Thy thoughts, will, and affections. For - From thence proceed all the actions, as of the natural, so of the spiritual life, which lead to eternal life.

24: Mouth - All sorts of sinful words.

25: Right on - Direct all thine actions to a right end, and keep thy mind fixed upon that way which leads to it, and neither look or turn aside to the right - hand or the left.

26: Ponder - Consider thine actions before thou dost them, and see that they agree with the rule. And - Let thine actions be uniformly and constantly good in spite of all temptations.

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