Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 22:1Favour - A good report among men, especially good men, and that hearty kindness which attends it.
pro 22:2Meet - 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.
pro 22:3The 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.
pro 22:6Depart - Not easily and ordinarily.
pro 22:7Is servant - Is at his mercy, and forced to comply with his pleasure.
pro 22:8The rod - That power which he used with fury shall be taken from him.
pro 22:9He - Who looks upon the wants and miseries of others with compassion.
pro 22:12Preserve - 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.
pro 22:14The mouth - Her fair and flattering speeches.
pro 22:15Bound - Is fixed and settled there, as being born with him, and rooted in his very nature.
pro 22:16That giveth - That prodigally casts away his estate upon those who do not need it.
pro 22:17My knowledge - The knowledge of God, which I am here delivering.
pro 22:18Fitted - Fitly expressed: thou wilt be able to discourse profitably of them.
pro 22:20In counsels and knowledge - In counsels which proceed from found knowledge.
pro 22:21Answer - That thou mayst be able to give solid, and satisfactory answers.
pro 22:22In the gate - Under pretence of justice.
pro 22:23Spoil the soul - Take away not only their goods but their lives too.
pro 22:29Before kings - He is fit to be employed in the affairs of princes.