The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleProverbs 7:23
Till a dart strike through his liver…
The fountain of
blood, and so of life; which, being pierced through and poured out, is
certain death, (Lamentations 2:11) ; the meaning is, till he is slain either by the
hand of God, or by the civil magistrate, or by the jealous husband; and
be thrust through by him, as Zimri and Cozbi were by Phinehas. The
"liver" may be particularly mentioned, not only for the reason before
given, but because it is the seat of lust F12; so he is stricken in the
part where his lust begins, where he has been smitten by Cupid's darts:
or this dart through the liver may denote some disease, infecting the
blood through sinful lust. The Targum is,
``as an hart into whose liver an arrow flies;''
or is wounded by an arrow in the liver, as the Septuagint, Syriac, and
Arabic versions: and so the meaning is, that this young man went as
swiftly after the harlot as a hart does when it is wounded;
as a bird hasteth to the snare;
it has its eye upon the bait, and flies
swiftly to that, insensible of the snare that is laid for it;
and knoweth not that it [is] for his life;
the bird knows not that the
snare is set for its life, as Jarchi; or the fool knows not that it is
for his soul; that it shall die, which hates correction, as Aben Ezra.
The man that goes after the harlot knows not, or does not consider,
that it is to the destruction of his precious and immortal soul; so the
``he knows not that it tends to the death of his soul;''
and to the same sense the Syriac and Arabic versions; the second death,
which adulterers and idolaters shall have their part in, (Revelation 21:8) . The
souls of men, and the ruin of them, are what the whore of Rome deals
in, (Revelation 18:13) ; she goes into perdition, into the bottomless pit,
herself, and carries all her worshippers with her, (Revelation 17:8) (14:9-11) .
F12 "Spleu ridere facit, cogit amare jecur", Ovid. "Si torrere jecur
quaeris idoneum", Horat. Carmin. l. 4. Ode 1. v. 12. "Cum tibi
flagrans amor et libido saeviet circa jecur ulcerosum". lbid l. 1.
Ode 25. v. 13, 15.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 7:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=007&verse=023>. 1999.