Verse 3. It like - Is like a violent rain or flood, which washes away the very seeds in the earth. He is the worst of all oppressors.
Verse 4. Contend - Are so far from praising them, that they severely reprove them.
Verse 5. Judgment - What is just and right. All things - Which are necessary to be known by them.
Verse 6. Better - In a much happier condition.
Verse 10. Causeth - That by evil counsel, or example, or artifice, draws them into evil.
Verse 12. Rejoice - Are promoted. Glory - In that common-wealth. Rise - Are advanced to authority. Hidden - Wise and good men, who only are worthy of the name of men, withdraw themselves into obscure places.
Verse 14. Alway - In all times, companies, and conditions.
Verse 16. Oppressor - The tyranny of a prince, is a manifest sign of folly. Prolong - By God's favour, the peace and satisfaction of his own mind, and the hearty love of his people.
Verse 17. Violence - That sheddeth any man's blood. Shall flee - Shall speedily be destroyed. Shall slay - None should desire or endeavour to save him from his deserved punishment.
Verse 18. At once - Once for all; so he shall never rise more.
Verse 20. Faithful - Who deals truly and justly in all his transactions.
Verse 21. For - When a man hath once accustomed himself to take bribes, a very small advantage will make him sell justice.
Verse 22. Evil eye - Is uncharitable to persons in want, and envious to those who get any thing besides him. Poverty - And consequently that he shall need the pity and help of others.
Verse 24. The same - Is a thief and robber.
Verse 25. Fat - Shall live happily and comfortably.
Verse 26. Wisely - Distrusting his own judgment, and seeking the advice of others, and especially of God.
Verse 28. Men - Righteous men are afraid to appear publickly.