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3. are punished--that is, for their temerity; for the evil is not necessarily punitive, as the prudent might otherwise be its objects.
4. humility and the fear of the Lord--are in apposition; one produces the other. On the results, compare Pr 3:16; 8:18.
9. a bountiful eye--that is, a beneficent disposition.
10. Cast out--or drive away. Scorners foster strife by taunts and revilings.
12. preserve--or guard.
13. Frivolous excuses satisfy the indolent man's conscience.
15. is bound--or firmly fixed. Chastisement deters from crime and so leads to reformation of principle.
16. These two vices pertain to the same selfish feeling. Both are deservedly odious to God and incur punishment.
17. Here begins another division of the book, marked by those encouragements to the pursuit of wisdom, which are found in the earlier chapters. It will be observed that at Pr 22:22-24:12, the proverbs are generally expressed in two verses instead of one (see Introduction).
19. That . . . Lord--This is the design of the instruction.
20. excellent things--or probably of former times.
21. Specially he desires to secure accuracy, so that his pupil may teach others.
24, 25. (Compare Pr 2:12-15; 4:14).
25. a snare . . . soul--The unsuspecting are often misled by bad company.
26, 27. (Compare Pr 6:1; 17:18).
27. should he take, &c.--that is, the creditor.
29. Success rewards diligence (Pr 10:4; 21:5).