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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Proverbs Chapter 10

Proverbs 10:2

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Of wickedness - Such as are got by any sort of wicked practices. Death - Often from temporal, and always from eternal death.

Proverbs 10:5

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Gathereth - The fruits of his field. In summer - In harvest. He that improved the opportunities of doing good to himself and others.

Proverbs 10:6

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Violence - Their own violence or injustice. This may be an allusion to the ancient custom of covering the mouths and faces of condemned malefactors.

Proverbs 10:8

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Who receive - Is ready to hear and obey the precepts of God and men. Fall - Into mischief.

Proverbs 10:9

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Surely - Or, securely, or confidently, as the word properly signifies; quietly resting upon God's favour and gracious providence for his protections. Known - His wickedness shall be publickly discovered.

Proverbs 10:10

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Winketh - That secretly designs mischief against others, as this phrase is used, Psa 35:19.

Proverbs 10:13

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Wisdom - This wisdom shews itself in his speech. A rod - Rebukes from God and men.

Proverbs 10:14

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Lay up - In their minds, to be brought forth upon fit occasions. Knowledge - Whereby they may be enabled to speak both what, and when it is seasonable. But - Fools are more forward to lay out than to lay up, and for want of knowledge speak much and foolishly, whereby they frequently bring destruction upon themselves.

Proverbs 10:15

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Wealth - It often redeems him from dangers and calamities. Poverty - Is the cause of their ruin.

Proverbs 10:16

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The labour - The fruit of his labour, to the preservation of this life, and obtaining eternal life. Fruit - The fruit of all their labour tends to sin, and serves only for fuel to mens pride and luxury.

Proverbs 10:18

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Lying lips - With flattering words. He here condemns two opposite vices, secret hatred, and manifest slander.

Proverbs 10:20

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Is - Of great worth and use. Heart - And consequently the tongue.

Proverbs 10:21

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Feed - By their wise discourses and counsels. Die - They have not wisdom to preserve themselves, much less to feed others.

Proverbs 10:26

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So - Unserviceable and vexatious.

Proverbs 10:28

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Gladness - Shall be accomplished, and turned into enjoyment.

Proverbs 10:29

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The way - The way of God's precepts. Strength - Gives strength, support, and protection.

Proverbs 10:30

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Never be removed - They shall live happily here, and eternally in heaven. The earth - They shall not have so much as a quiet abode upon earth; much less shall they have any possession in heaven.

Proverbs 10:32

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The lips - Knowledge is here ascribed to the lips, as it is to the hands, Psa 78:72, because they are conducted by knowledge and wisdom. Acceptable - What is truly worthy of acceptation.

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