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

Proverbs Chapter 22

Proverbs 22:1

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Favour - A good report among men, especially good men, and that hearty kindness which attends it.

Proverbs 22:2

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Meet - They live together, and need one another. The maker - Not only as they are men, but as they are poor or rich, which difference comes from God's providence. They have one common creator, and Lord, and judge, and the one cannot despise nor grudge at the other without reflecting upon God.

Proverbs 22:3

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The evil - The judgment of God threatened, and approaching. Hideth - Retires to his strong tower, by prayer and repentance, puts himself under the protection of the almighty. Pass on - Carefully and securely.

Proverbs 22:6

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Depart - Not easily and ordinarily.

Proverbs 22:7

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Is servant - Is at his mercy, and forced to comply with his pleasure.

Proverbs 22:8

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The rod - That power which he used with fury shall be taken from him.

Proverbs 22:9

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He - Who looks upon the wants and miseries of others with compassion.

Proverbs 22:12

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Preserve - God by the watchful eye of his providence maintains and defends. Knowledge - Men of knowledge, knowing and good men. The matters - All his hopes, enterprizes, and concerns.

Proverbs 22:14

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The mouth - Her fair and flattering speeches.

Proverbs 22:15

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Bound - Is fixed and settled there, as being born with him, and rooted in his very nature.

Proverbs 22:16

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That giveth - That prodigally casts away his estate upon those who do not need it.

Proverbs 22:17

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My knowledge - The knowledge of God, which I am here delivering.

Proverbs 22:18

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Fitted - Fitly expressed: thou wilt be able to discourse profitably of them.

Proverbs 22:20

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In counsels and knowledge - In counsels which proceed from found knowledge.

Proverbs 22:21

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Answer - That thou mayst be able to give solid, and satisfactory answers.

Proverbs 22:22

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In the gate - Under pretence of justice.

Proverbs 22:23

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Spoil the soul - Take away not only their goods but their lives too.

Proverbs 22:29

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Before kings - He is fit to be employed in the affairs of princes.

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