Proverbs 10* Through the whole of the Proverbs, we are to look for somewhatbeyond the first sense the passage may imply, and this we shallfind to be Christ. He is the Wisdom so often spoken of in thisbook.1 The comfort of parents much depends on their children; andthis suggests to both, motives to their duties. #2,3|. Thoughthe righteous may be poor, the Lord will not suffer him to wantwhat is needful for spiritual life. #4|. Those who are ferventin spirit, serving the Lord, are likely to be rich in faith, andrich in good works. #5|. Here is just blame of those who trifleaway opportunities, both for here and for hereafter. #6|.Abundance of blessings shall abide on good men; real blessings.#7|. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between theirsouls there is a vast difference. #8|. The wise in heart putshis knowledge in practice. #9|. Dissemblers, after all theirshuffling, will be exposed. #10|. Trick and artifice will be noexcuse for iniquity. #11|. The good man's mouth is always opento teach, comfort, and correct others. #12|. Where there ishatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other,peace and harmony are preserved. #13|. Those that foolishly goon in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. #14|. Whateverknowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not beto seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading,by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith inChrist, who is made of God unto us wisdom. #15|. This refers tothe common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outwardcondition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers;while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps agood conscience, and lives by faith. #16|. Perhaps a righteousman has no more than what he works hard for, but that labourtends to life. #17|. The traveller that has missed his way, andcannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way,must err still. #18|. He is especially a fool who thinks to hideanything from God; and malice is no better. #19|. Those thatspeak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wiseman, and therein consults his own peace. #20,21|. The tongue ofthe just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evildesign. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Foolsdie for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.#22|. That wealth which is truly desirable, has no vexation ofspirit in the enjoyment; no grief for the loss; no guilt by theabuse of it. What comes from the love of God, has the grace ofGod for its companion. #23|. Only foolish and wicked men divertthemselves with doing harm to others, or tempting to sin. #24|.The largest desire of eternal blessings the righteous can form,will be granted. #25|. The course of prosperous sinners is likea whirlwind, which soon spends itself, and is gone. #26|. Asvinegar sets the teeth on edge, and as the smoke causes the eyesto smart, so the sluggard vexes his employer. #27,28|. What manis he that loves life? Let him fear God, and that will secure tohim life enough in this world, and eternal life in the other.#29|. The believer grows stronger in faith, and obeys withincreased delight. #30|. The wicked would be glad to have thisearth their home for ever, but it cannot be so. They must dieand leave all their idols behind. #31,32|. A good man discourseswisely for the benefit of others. But it is the sin, and will bethe ruin of a wicked man, that he speaks what is displeasing toGod, and provoking to those he converses with. The righteous iskept by the power of God; and nothing shall be able to separatehim from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.$-$-$- PR:11 #1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure,and however common such crimes may be, they are an abominationto the Lord. #2|. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy thehumble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. #3|. An honestman's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. #4|.Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. #5,6|.The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its ownpunishment. #7|. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish;but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. #8|. The righteousare often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations,and the ungodly go in their stead. #9|. Hypocrites delude meninto error and sin by artful objections against the truths ofGod's word. #10,11|. Nations prosper when wicked men are castdown. #12|. A man of understanding does not judge of others bytheir success. #13|. A faithful man will not disclose what he istrusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good ofsociety require it. #14|. We shall often find it to ouradvantage to advise with others. #15|. The welfare of ourfamilies, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, mustnot be brought into danger. But here especially let us considerthe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even forenemies. #16|. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem andrespect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. #17|. A cruel,froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, andshould be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. #18|.He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward,as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. #19|. True holinessis true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits,the more he hastens his own destruction. #20|. Nothing is morehateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which arehere signified. God delights in such as aim and act withuprightness. #21|. Joining together in sin shall not protect thesinners. #22|. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretionor modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. #23|.The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return uponthemselves. #24|. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts,not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let menbe ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comesto nothing. #25|. Both in temporal and spiritual things, Godcommonly deals with his people according to the measure by whichthey deal with their brethren. #26|. We must not hoard up thegifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. #27|.Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for thosethat are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.#28|. The true believer is a branch of the living Vine. Whenthose that take root in the world wither, those who are graftedinto Christ shall be fruitful. #29|. He that brings trouble uponhimself and his family, by carelessness, or by wickedness, shallbe unable to keep and enjoy what he gets, as a man is unable tohold the wind, or to satisfy himself with it. #30|. Therighteous are as trees of life; and their influence upon earth,like the fruits of that tree, support and nourish the spirituallife in many. #31|. Even the righteous, when they offend onearth, shall meet with sharp corrections; much more will thewicked meet the due reward of their sins. Let us then seek thoseblessings which our Surety purchased by his sufferings anddeath; let us seek to copy his example, and to keep hiscommandments.$-$-$- PR:12 #1 Those who have grace, will delight in the instructions giventhem. Those that stifle their convictions, are like brutes. #2|.The man who covers selfish and vicious designs under aprofession of religion or friendship, will be condemned. #3|.Though men may advance themselves by sinful arts, they cannotsettle and secure themselves. But those who by faith are rootedin Christ, are firmly fixed. #4|. A wife who is pious, prudent,and looks well to the ways of her household, who makesconscience of her duty, and can bear crosses; such a one
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