- An exhortation to the study of wisdom, is forced by various arguments, verse 1-13.
- A caution against bad company, verse 14-19.
- Directions for the attaining and keeping of wisdom, verse 20-27.
A father - Of me, who have paternal authority over you and affection for you.
Tender - Young and tender in years, and tenderly educated. Only beloved - Beloved above all the rest.
Said - The following verses, at least as far as the tenth verse, are the words of David.
With all - Even with the price of all.
Exalt - Let her have thine highest esteem and affection.
Grace - A beautiful ornament, such as they used to put upon their heads.
For - They cannot sleep with quietness.
For - Wickedness is as pleasant to them as their bread.
But - Just men daily grow in knowledge, and grace, and consolation, 'till all be perfected and swallowed up in glory.
Darkness - Full of ignorance and error, of uncertainty and confusion, of danger and misery.
Heart - Thy thoughts, will, and affections. For - From thence proceed all the actions, as of the natural, so of the spiritual life, which lead to eternal life.
Mouth - All sorts of sinful words.
Right on - Direct all thine actions to a right end, and keep thy mind fixed upon that way which leads to it, and neither look or turn aside to the right-hand or the left.
Ponder - Consider thine actions before thou dost them, and see that they agree with the rule. And - Let thine actions be uniformly and constantly good in spite of all temptations.