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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Chapter 24

Verse 2
Destruction - How they may oppress and destroy others.

Verse 3
Through wisdom - There is no need that thou shouldest raise thy family by ruining others, which thou mayest more effectually do by wisdom.

Verse 4
By knowledge - Which in scripture phrase includes the love and practice of what we know.

Verse 5
Is strong - Is courageous and resolute, and able by wisdom to do greater things than others can accomplish by strength.

Verse 6
Thy war - War is better managed by wisdom than by strength.

Verse 7
A fool - For a wicked man, whose sins enfeeble his mind, and make it incapable of wisdom. Openeth not - He knows not how to speak acceptably, and profitably in the publick assembly.

Verse 8
Shall be called - Though he cover his wicked devices with fair pretences, he shall be branded with that infamy which is due to him.

Verse 9
The thought - The very inward thought or contrivance of evil, is a sin in God's sight.

Verse 11
Deliver - When it is in thy power. Drawn - By the violence of lawless men.

Verse 12
Consider - That this is only a frivolous excuse.

Verse 13
Eat - This is not a command, but a concession, and is only here expressed to illustrate the following verse. Honey in those parts was an usual food.

Verse 14
A reward - It is not only sweet for the present, but brings a sure and everlasting reward.

Verse 16
Falleth - Into calamities, of which he evidently speaks both in the foregoing verse, and in the following branch of this verse. Fall - Frequently into irrecoverable destruction.

Verse 17
Falleth - Into mischief.

Verse 18
From him - Understand, upon thee, which is implied in the Hebrew phrase.

Verse 20
No reward - All his happiness shall quickly and eternally perish. The candle - All their comfort and glory shall cease.

Verse 21
To change - That are unstable in their obedience to God or to the king.

Verse 22
Who knoweth - Who can conceive how sore and sudden will be the ruin of them that fear not God, and the king.

Verse 23
These - The counsels following, to the end of the chapter, no less than those hitherto mentioned, are worthy of their consideration.

Verse 25
Rebuke - That publickly and judicially rebuke and condemn the wicked. Delight - The peace of a good conscience.

Verse 26
Shall kiss - Shall respect him. A right answer - That speaks pertinently and plainly, and truly.

Verse 32
Received - I learned wisdom by his folly.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 24". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=024>. 1765.  

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