Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 17:4False lips - To false accusations and calumnies, which give him occasion and encouragement to do mischief.
pro 17:7Excellent speech - Discourse of high and excellent things.
pro 17:8A precious stone - Pleasant and acceptable; and withal dazzles his eyes. Whithersoever - To whomsoever it is presented. But this, as also many of her proverbs, are to be understood of most men, not of all.
pro 17:9Covereth - That conceals as far as he may, other mens faults.
pro 17:11Rebellion - Against God. Messenger - Or, a cruel angel, the angel of death, the devil, or some bloody men employed by God to avenge his quarrel.
pro 17:12Folly - In the heat of his lust or passion.
pro 17:14Letteth out - By cutting the bank of a river. Leave off - Avoid the occasions, and prevent the beginning of contention.
pro 17:16A price - Opportunities and abilities of getting it. No heart - Neither discretion to discern the worth of wisdom, nor any sincere desire to get it.
pro 17:17Was born - Was sent into the world for this, that he might comfort and relieve his brother in adversity.
pro 17:18Friend - Debtor, for whom being his friend, he becomes surety.
pro 17:20No good - Shall not get that advantage which he expects.
pro 17:22Doth good - Even to the body; it contributes much to bodily health and vigour. Drieth - Wastes the marrow of the bones, and the moisture and strength of the body.
pro 17:24In the face - His wisdom appears even in his looks. The eyes - Minding most, those things which are remotest from him, and least concern him.
pro 17:26To strike - Nor to smite magistrates, either with the hand or tongue, for the execution of justice.