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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

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Chapter 4

Chapter Overview

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.

Verse 1
A father - Of me, who have paternal authority over you and affection for you.

Verse 3
Tender - Young and tender in years, and tenderly educated. Only beloved - Beloved above all the rest.

Verse 4
Said - The following verses, at least as far as the tenth verse, are the words of David.

Verse 7
With all - Even with the price of all.

Verse 8
Exalt - Let her have thine highest esteem and affection.

Verse 9
Grace - A beautiful ornament, such as they used to put upon their heads.

Verse 16
For - They cannot sleep with quietness.

Verse 17
For - Wickedness is as pleasant to them as their bread.

Verse 18
But - Just men daily grow in knowledge, and grace, and consolation, 'till all be perfected and swallowed up in glory.

Verse 19
Darkness - Full of ignorance and error, of uncertainty and confusion, of danger and misery.

Verse 23
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.

Verse 24
Mouth - All sorts of sinful words.

Verse 25
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.

Verse 26
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.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=004>. 1765.  

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