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A farther exhortation to wisdom, ver. 1, 2.
A caution against whoredom, ver. 3 - 14.
Remedies against it, ver. 15 - 23.
3: The lips - It concerns thee to get and to use discretion, that
thou mayest be able to resist those temptations to which thou art exposed.
4: But - The effect of that to which she entices men, is destruction.
5: Feet - Her manner of life.
6: Lest - To prevent thy serious consideration. Moveable - She
transforms herself into several shapes, and has a thousand arts to
ensnare. Know - Thou canst not discover all her practice.
9: Honour - Thy dignity and reputation, the strength of thy body and
mind. Years - The flower of thine age. The cruel - To the harlot, who
though she pretends love, yet in truth is one of the most cruel creatures
in the world, wasting thy estate and body without pity, and damming thy
soul for ever.
10: Strangers - Not only the strange women themselves, but others who
are in league with them. Labors - Wealth gotten by thy labours.
14: A moment - In how little a time am I now come into remediless
misery! Assembly - And that in the congregation of Israel, where I
was taught better things.
15: Drink - Content thyself with those delights which God alloweth
thee in the sober use of the marriage - bed.
16: Fountains - Thy children proceeding from thy wife and from
thyself. Fountains are here put for rivers flowing from them.
Dispersed - They shall in due time appear abroad to thy comfort,
and for the good of others.
18: Fountain - Thy wife. Blessed - With children; for barrenness
was esteemed a curse among the Israelites.
19: Satisfy thee - At all convenient times: for that there may be
excess in the marriage - bed is manifest. Ravished - Love her fervently.
It is an hyperbolical expression.
22: Holden - He is in perfect bondage to his lusts, and is neither
able nor wiling to set himself at liberty.
23: Die - He shall die in his sins. Astray - From the way of life,
and from eternal salvation.