Proverbs 17

** The name of this book signifies "The Preacher." The wisdom of

God here preaches to us, speaking by Solomon, who it is evident

was the author. At the close of his life, being made sensible of

his sin and folly, he recorded here his experience for the

benefit of others, as the book of his repentance; and he

pronounced all earthly good to be "vanity and vexation of

spirit." It convinces us of the vanity of the world, and that it

cannot make us happy; of the vileness of sin, and its certain

tendency to make us miserable. It shows that no created good can

satisfy the soul, and that happiness is to be found in God

alone; and this doctrine must, under the blessed Spirit's

teaching, lead the heart to Christ Jesus.

* Solomon shows that all human things are vain. (1-3) Man's toil

and want of satisfaction. (4-8) There is nothing new. (9-11) The

vexation in pursuit of knowledge. (12-18)

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