Proverbs 23

Ruler - With a great man. Put a knife - Restrain thine appetite, as if a man stood with a knife at thy throat. Deceitful - They do not yield thee that satisfaction which thou didst expect from them. Thine own wisdom - From worldly wisdom, which persuades men to use all possible means to get riches. Set thine eyes - Look upon it with earnestness and desire. Is not - Which has no solid and settled being. Eagle - Swiftly, strongly, and irrecoverably. Evil eye - Of the envious or covetous man. So is he - You are not to judge of him by his words, but by the constant temper of his mind. Vomit up - When thou perceivest his churlish disposition, his meat will be loathsome to thee. Sweet words - Thy pleasant discourse wherewith thou didst design to delight and profit him. Of a fool - Cast not away good counsels upon incorrigible sinners. Enter not - To possess their lands. Redeemer - Heb. their near kinsman, to whom it belongs to avenge their wrongs, and to recover and maintain their rights. Shall not die - It is a likely way to prevent his destruction. My reins - I shall rejoice with all my soul. An end - An expected and happy end for such as fear God. Guide - Order the whole course of thine affections and actions. In the way - In God's way. Buy - Purchase it upon any terms, spare no pains or cost. Truth - The true and saving knowledge of God's will. Sell it not - Do not forsake it for any worldly advantage. Give me - Solomon here speaks in God's name. Mixt wine - Either mixed with water, or with other ingredients to make it strong and delicious. Red - Which was the colour of the best wines in that country. Aright - When it sparkles, and seems to smile upon a man. Lieth down - To sleep. Sea - In a ship in the midst of the sea. Sick - I was not sensible of it. Again - At present my condition requires sleep to settle myself, and when I am composed, I purpose to return to my former course.
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