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1. (Compare Pr 6:1-5; 10:1, 17).
4. (Compare Pr 12:11, 27).
5. loathsome . . . shame--better, causeth shame and reproach (compare Pr 19:26), by slander, &c., which the righteous hates.
6. A sentiment of frequent recurrence, that piety benefits and sin injures.
7. In opposite ways men act hypocritically for gain of honor or wealth.
8. Riches save some from punishment, while others suffer because they will not heed the rebuke of sloth, which makes and keeps them poor.
10. The obstinacy which attends self-conceit, produces contention, which the well-advised, thus evincing modesty, avoid.
13. the word--that is, of advice, or, instruction (compare Pr 10:27; 11:31).
15. Right perception and action secure good will, while evil ways
are difficult as a stony road. The wicked left of God find punishment of
sin in sinning.
16. dealeth--acts with foresight.
17. A wicked--or, "unfaithful"
18. (Compare Pr 10:17; 12:1).
19. Self-denial, which fools will not endure, is essential to success.
20. The benefits of good and evil of bad society are contrasted.
23. The laboring poor prosper more than those who injudiciously or wickedly strive, by fraud and violence, to supersede the necessity of lawful labor.
25. The comparative temporal prosperity of the righteous and wicked, rather than contentment and discontent, is noted.