Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 18:1Desire - Thro' desire of wisdom, a man having separated himself from the company, and noise, and business of the world, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom, uses all diligence, that he may search and find out all solid knowledge and true wisdom.
pro 18:2Understanding - In getting sound and saving, knowledge. The discovery - In uttering that folly and wickedness which is in his heart.
pro 18:3Cometh - Into any place or company. Contempt - He despiseth all instruction and reproof. Reproach - And he shews his contempt by ignominious and reproachful expressions.
pro 18:4A man's - A wise man's. As a brook - That wisdom which is in his heart is continually pouring forth wise and good counsels.
pro 18:8They go - They wound mortally.
pro 18:9Is brother - Though they take several paths, yet both come to one end.
pro 18:10The name - The Lord, as he hath revealed himself in his works, and in his word by his promises.
pro 18:14Sustain - Will easily support him under any outward troubles. Wounded - Dejected with the sense of its own guilt and misery.
pro 18:18Parteth - Gives to every one what is right or meet.
pro 18:20Satisfied - Wise discourses tend to the satisfaction of the speaker, as well as to the good of the hearers.
pro 18:21Death and life - Are brought upon men by, the good or bad use of their tongues. Lovest - That love much talking.
pro 18:22A wise - A good wife; one that deserves the name, and performs the duty of that relation. Favour - Obtains her not by his own diligence, but by God's good providence.
pro 18:24A man - Heb. A man of friends; who desires the friendship of others.