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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Chapter 15

Verse 2
Aright - Expressing what he knows prudently and gracefully. Poureth out - Plentifully, continually, and vehemently, as a fountain does waters.

Verse 4
Wholesome - Which utters sound and useful counsels. Tree of life - Is greatly useful to preserve the present life, and to promote the spiritual and eternal life, both of the speaker and hearers. Perverseness - False or corrupt speeches. A breach - Disturbs and wounds the spirits, both of the speaker and hearers.

Verse 6
Revenues - Though he may obtain great revenues, yet they are attended with much trouble.

Verse 7
Disperse - Freely communicate to others what they know.

Verse 8
Sacrifice - All the religious services, yea, the most costly; one kind being put for all the rest. Prayer - The cheapest and meanest services.

Verse 11
Destruction - The place of destruction, of which men know nothing but by Divine revelation.

Verse 14
Foolishness - Wickedness is meat and drink to them.

Verse 15
Afflicted - Of the troubled in mind. Evil - Tedious and uncomfortable. Chearful - Heb. of a good heart.

Verse 16
Trouble - Tumultuous lusts and passions, vexatious cares, and horrors of conscience.

Verse 19
An hedge - As a way hedged up with thorns, troublesome, perplexed, and full of difficulties. Plain - Is easy and pleasant to him, notwithstanding all its difficulties.

Verse 22
Counsel - When men do not seek, or will not receive advice from others.

Verse 23
The answer - By a wise, or good and seasonable answer.

Verse 24
The way - The way a wise man takes to obtain life, is to place his heart, and treasure, and conversation on things above.

Verse 25
The proud - Of the mighty oppressors. The border - The estate, the border being often used, for the land within the borders.

Verse 26
Pleasant - Acceptable to God.

Verse 27
Troubleth - Brings God's curse upon himself and family. Gifts - Bribes given to corrupt judgment. Live - Shall preserve himself and family from ruin.

Verse 28
Studieth - He speaks considerately. The mouth - Not the heart; for he rashly speaks what comes into his mouth, without the direction of his heart or conscience.

Verse 30
A good report - A good name. Fat - Not only chears a man for the present, but gives him such stable comfort as revives his soul, and gives vigour to his body.

Verse 31
The ear - The man that hearkens to that reproof which leads to life, seeks and delights in the company of the wise.

Verse 33
The instruction - Doth instruct men in true wisdom.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 15". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=015>. 1765.  

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