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

Proverbs Chapter 12

Proverbs 12:6

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Lie in wait - Are designed to entrap others, and to destroy them. Deliver them - From those that lie in wait for them.

Proverbs 12:7

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Are not - Both they and their families suddenly perish.

Proverbs 12:9

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Despised - That lives in a mean condition. Honoureth - That glories in his high birth or gay attire.

Proverbs 12:10

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Regardeth - He will not destroy it either by labour beyond its strength, or by denying it necessary food or rest. Cruel - There is cruelty mixed even with their most merciful actions.

Proverbs 12:11

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Tilleth - That employs his time in an honest calling. Vain persons - In an idle course of living.

Proverbs 12:12

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Desireth - He approves those arts, which wicked men use like nets to ensnare other men. The root - That piety, which is the root of his actions, yields him sufficient fruit both for his own need, and to do good to others.

Proverbs 12:14

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Mouth - By his pious and profitable discourses. Hands - Of his actions.

Proverbs 12:15

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Hearkeneth - That distrusts his own judgments, and seeks counsel from others.

Proverbs 12:16

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Covereth - The shame, or injury done to him, which he conceals and bears with patience.

Proverbs 12:17

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Deceit - He who uses himself to lying in his common talk, will use falsehood and deceit in judgment.

Proverbs 12:18

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Health - Tends to the comfort and benefit of others.

Proverbs 12:19

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A moment - Liars, though they may make a fair shew for a season, yet are quickly convicted.

Proverbs 12:20

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Deceit - They whose hearts devise mischief shall be deceived in their hopes, and bring trouble upon themselves: but they who by good counsels labour to promote peace, shall reap the comfort of it themselves.

Proverbs 12:23

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Concealeth - He does not unseasonably utter what he knows. Foolishness - Betrays his ignorance and folly.

Proverbs 12:25

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A good word - A compassionate or encouraging word.

Proverbs 12:26

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Neighbour - Than any other men. Seduceth - Heb. maketh them to err, to lose that excellency or happiness which they had promised themselves.

Proverbs 12:27

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Resteth not - Does not enjoy the fruit of his labours. Precious - Yields him comfort and blessing with it.

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