John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

Chapter 11

Verse 1
A false balance - The use of all false weights and measures in commerce.

Verse 8
Cometh - Into trouble.

Verse 9
Delivered - From the infection of the hypocrite's evil counsel.

Verse 11
The blessing - Wherewith they bless the city, by their sincere prayers, and wise and wholesome counsels. The mouth - By their curses, and oaths, and blasphemies, and wicked counsels.

Verse 12
Despiseth - Which he shews by contemptuous or reproachful expressions. Holdeth peace - Forbears all such expressions, and silently and patiently bears those reproaches.

Verse 13
Secrets - Such things as were committed to his trust with a charge of secrecy.

Verse 16
Gracious woman - A woman endued with the grace of God. Retaineth - Or, holdeth fast her honour, or reputation.

Verse 18
Worketh - A work which will deceive his expectation. Soweth - That worketh it with constancy, and diligence.

Verse 21
Though hand join - Though they are fortified against God's judgments by a numerous issue and kindred, and friends, and by mutual and strong combinations. The seed - Not only their persons, but their children.

Verse 22
So is a fair woman without discretion - "Of beauty vain, of virtue void, What art thou in the sight of God? A slave to every base desire, A creature wallowing in the mire. Go, gaudy pageant of a day, Thy folly, with thy face display: Set all thy charms and graces out, And shew - the Jewel in thy snout!"

Verse 23
The desire - The desires and expectations of the righteous shall end in their happiness, but the desires and expectations of the wicked men shall be disappointed, and end in the wrath of God.

Verse 24
Scattereth - That gives liberally. Increaseth - Through God's blessing upon his estate. Poverty - By God's providence secretly blasting his estate.

Verse 25
Fat - Shall be enriched both with temporal and spiritual blessings.

Verse 26
With-holdeth corn - In a time of scarcity. Selleth - Upon reasonable terms.

Verse 27
Seeketh - To do good to all men. Favour - With God and men.

Verse 29
Troubleth - He who brings trouble upon himself and children, either by prodigality, or by restless endeavours to heap up riches. Wind - Shall be as unable to keep what he gets as a man is to hold the wind in his hand.

Verse 30
The fruit - His discourses and his whole conversation, is like the fruit of the tree of life. Winneth - That gains souls to God.

Verse 31
Recompensed - Punished for his sins.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 11". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <>. 1765.