Proverbs 17** The name of this book signifies "The Preacher." The wisdom ofGod here preaches to us, speaking by Solomon, who it is evidentwas the author. At the close of his life, being made sensible ofhis sin and folly, he recorded here his experience for thebenefit of others, as the book of his repentance; and hepronounced all earthly good to be "vanity and vexation ofspirit." It convinces us of the vanity of the world, and that itcannot make us happy; of the vileness of sin, and its certaintendency to make us miserable. It shows that no created good cansatisfy the soul, and that happiness is to be found in Godalone; and this doctrine must, under the blessed Spirit'steaching, lead the heart to Christ Jesus. * Solomon shows that all human things are vain. (1-3) Man's toiland want of satisfaction. (4-8) There is nothing new. (9-11) Thevexation in pursuit of knowledge. (12-18)
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