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

Proverbs Chapter 13

Proverbs 13:2

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Shall eat - Shall receive comfort, and benefit by his wise and profitable discourses.

Proverbs 13:6

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Keepeth him - From that over - throw which befal sinners.

Proverbs 13:7

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Maketh rich - Some men who have little or nothing, pretend to have great riches. Maketh rich - Some rich men profess to be poor.

Proverbs 13:8

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Riches - Riches enable a man to redeem his life when it is in greatest danger, and poverty preserves a man from many injuries. Because they are cautious, that they may not provoke others; and because they are esteemed objects of pity.

Proverbs 13:9

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The light - The prosperity. Rejoiceth - Shines with a pleasant and constant brightness. Rejoicing is here ascribed to the light, as it is to the sun, Psa 19:5, metaphorically. Put out - Their felicity shall have a hidden end.

Proverbs 13:10

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Pride - It is chiefly, pride which blows up the coals of contention. Well - advised - Who are not governed by their passions, but by prudent considerations. Wisdom - Which teaches them to avoid contention.

Proverbs 13:11

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Vanity - By wicked practices.

Proverbs 13:12

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Hope deferred - Delays in obtaining what a man passionately desires. The desire - The good desired. A tree of life - It is satisfactory, and reviving.

Proverbs 13:13

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The word - The word of God.

Proverbs 13:14

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The law - The instruction, or counsel; as the word law, is frequently understood in scripture.

Proverbs 13:15

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Giveth - Makes a man acceptable to God. Rough - Offensive and hateful to God and men, as rough ways are to a traveller.

Proverbs 13:16

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Knowledge - Considerately and discreetly. Layeth open - By his foolish actions.

Proverbs 13:17

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A messenger - Who is unfaithful in the execution of that which is committed to his charge. Is health - Procures benefit, as to his master, so to himself.

Proverbs 13:19

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Sweet - Whatsoever men earnestly desire, the enjoyment of it is sweet to them; therefore sinners rejoice in the satisfaction of their sinful lusts, and abhor all restraint of them.

Proverbs 13:21

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Evil - Punishment proportionable to their sin.

Proverbs 13:23

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The poor - Poor persons by their diligent labours, and God's blessing often grow rich. Destroyed - Or, consumed, brought to poverty, for want of discretion.

Proverbs 13:24

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Hateth his son - His fond affection, is as pernicious to him as hatred.

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