Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 11:1A false balance - The use of all false weights and measures in commerce.
pro 11:8Cometh - Into trouble.
pro 11:9Delivered - From the infection of the hypocrite's evil counsel.
pro 11:11The blessing - Wherewith they bless the city, by their sincere prayers, and wise and wholesome counsels. The mouth - By their curses, and oaths, and blasphemies, and wicked counsels.
pro 11:12Despiseth - Which he shews by contemptuous or reproachful expressions. Holdeth peace - Forbears all such expressions, and silently and patiently bears those reproaches.
pro 11:13Secrets - Such things as were committed to his trust with a charge of secrecy.
pro 11:16Gracious woman - A woman endued with the grace of God. Retaineth - Or, holdeth fast her honour, or reputation.
pro 11:18Worketh - A work which will deceive his expectation. Soweth - That worketh it with constancy, and diligence.
pro 11:21Though hand join - Though they are fortified against God's judgments by a numerous issue and kindred, and friends, and by mutual and strong combinations. The seed - Not only their persons, but their children.
pro 11:22So is a fair woman without discretion -
"Of beauty vain, of virtue void, What art thou in the sight of God? A slave to every base desire, A creature wallowing in the mire. Go, gaudy pageant of a day, Thy folly, with thy face display: Set all thy charms and graces out, And shew - the Jewel in thy snout!"
pro 11:23The desire - The desires and expectations of the righteous shall end in their happiness, but the desires and expectations of the wicked men shall be disappointed, and end in the wrath of God.
pro 11:24Scattereth - That gives liberally. Increaseth - Through God's blessing upon his estate. Poverty - By God's providence secretly blasting his estate.
pro 11:25Fat - Shall be enriched both with temporal and spiritual blessings.
pro 11:26With - holdeth corn - In a time of scarcity. Selleth - Upon reasonable terms.
pro 11:27Seeketh - To do good to all men. Favour - With God and men.
pro 11:29Troubleth - He who brings trouble upon himself and children, either by prodigality, or by restless endeavours to heap up riches. Wind - Shall be as unable to keep what he gets as a man is to hold the wind in his hand.
pro 11:30The fruit - His discourses and his whole conversation, is like the fruit of the tree of life. Winneth - That gains souls to God.
pro 11:31Recompensed - Punished for his sins.