John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- An exhortation to cleave to wisdom, as a preservative from strange women, verse 1-5.
- The snares they lay for unwary young men, verse 6-23.
- A serious caution against coming near them, verse 24-37.
Live - Thou shalt live. Eye - With all possible care and diligence.
Bind them - As a ring which is continually in a man's eye.
And call - Acquaint and delight thyself with her.
Passing - Idle and careless, near the corner of the street in which her house stood.
Without - Without the door of her house. Corner - Of the streets, where she might either conceal or discover herself, as she saw fit.
Offerings - I have paid my peace-offerings which I had vowed. Whereby she signifies, that she had plentiful provisions at her house for his entertainment. For the peace-offerings were to be of the best flesh, Leviticus 22:21, and a considerable part of these offerings fell to the offerer's share.
Hath taken - Which is an evidence that he designs to stay a considerable time. At the day - So that we need not fear any surprise.
As an ox - Going to it securely, as if it were going to a good pasture.
His liver - His vital parts, 'till his life be lost.