John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

Chapter 5

Chapter Overview

A farther exhortation to wisdom, verse 1, 2.
A caution against whoredom, verse 3-14.
Remedies against it, verse 15-23.

Verse 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.

Verse 4
But - The effect of that to which she entices men, is destruction.

Verse 5
Feet - Her manner of life.

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

Verse 10
Strangers - Not only the strange women themselves, but others who are in league with them. Labors - Wealth gotten by thy labours.

Verse 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.

Verse 15
Drink - Content thyself with those delights which God alloweth thee in the sober use of the marriage-bed.

Verse 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.

Verse 18
Fountain - Thy wife. Blessed - With children; for barrenness was esteemed a curse among the Israelites.

Verse 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.

Verse 22
Holden - He is in perfect bondage to his lusts, and is neither able nor wiling to set himself at liberty.

Verse 23
Die - He shall die in his sins. Astray-From the way of life, and from eternal salvation.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 5". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <>. 1765.