- An exhortation to be steadily religious, verse 1-4.
- To trust God, verse 5, 6.
- To fear him, verse 7, 8.
- To honour him with our substance, verse 9, 10.
- To bear affliction well, verse 11-12.
- The praise of wisdom, verse 13-20.
- The good effects of adhering to it, verse 21-26.
- Caution, against uncharitableness, strife, envy; if we would avoid a curse and inherit a blessing, verse 27-35.
My law - The law of God, which might be called his law, as the gospel is called Paul's gospel, 2 Timothy 2:8, because delivered by him.
Mercy - Mercy denotes all benignity, charity, and readiness to do good to others: truth or faithfulness respects all those duties which we owe to God or man, which we have special obligation from the rules of justice. Bind them - Like a chain, wherewith persons adorn their necks. Table - In thy mind and heart, in which all God's commands are to be received and engraven.
Understanding - Whereby to know thy duty, and to discern between good and evil. Of God - Grace or favour with God, and that understanding which is good in God's sight.
Trust - Wholly rely upon God's promises and providences. Lean not - Under this one kind of carnal confidence, he understands all other confidence in bodily strength, wealth, or friends.
Navel - To thy body, which is signified by one part of it. Marrow - Which is the nourishment and strength of the bones.
Substance - Lay out thy estate not to please thyself, but to glorify God. First-fruits - Or, with the chief or best; which answers to the first-fruits under the law.
So - This is not the way to diminish thy estate, but rather to increase it.
Despise not - Either by making light of it, or not being duly affected with it; or by accounting it an unnecessary thing: but rather esteem it a privilege and favour from God. Weary - Neither think it tedious or hard, but endure it with patience and chearfulness.
Findeth - Which supposes his diligent searching for it.
Peace - Procure a blessed tranquility in a man's mind and conscience.
A tree - A pledge of everlasting life. He alludes to the tree of life, and intimates, that this is the only restorer of that life which we have lost by sin.
Wisdom - Either by Christ, or by that Divine perfection of wisdom, which is the fountain of wisdom in man.
The depths - That great abyss contained in the bowels of the earth, breaks forth into fountains and rivers.
Eyes - The eyes of thy mind. Constantly and seriously meditate upon them.
Grace - Like a beautiful chain or ornament.
Be not - Thou shalt not be afraid. Sudden - For sudden and unexpected evils are most frightful. And fear is here put for the evils feared. Desolation - Which cometh upon the wicked.
Shall be - A sure ground of confidence to thee. Taken - In the snares either of sin or mischief.
With-hold not - Do not deny it, but readily and chearfuly impart it. Good - Any thing which is good, either counsel, comfort, reproof, or the good things of the present life. Due - That is, to all men, by that great and sovereign law of love.
Say not - The former verse forbad the denial, and this forbids the delay of this duty.
Securely - Relying upon thine integrity.
Envy not - For his impunity and success.
Abomination - Therefore sooner or later he must be miserable. The righteous - They are God's friends, to whom he imparts the favours and comforts to which other men are strangers.
The house - Not only upon his own person, but also upon his posterity.
Shame - Instead of that glory which they seek.