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

Proverbs Chapter 15

Proverbs 15:2

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Aright - Expressing what he knows prudently and gracefully. Poureth out - Plentifully, continually, and vehemently, as a fountain does waters.

Proverbs 15:4

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Wholesome - Which utters sound and useful counsels. Tree of life - Is greatly useful to preserve the present life, and to promote the spiritual and eternal life, both of the speaker and hearers. Perverseness - False or corrupt speeches. A breach - Disturbs and wounds the spirits, both of the speaker and hearers.

Proverbs 15:6

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Revenues - Though he may obtain great revenues, yet they are attended with much trouble.

Proverbs 15:7

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Disperse - Freely communicate to others what they know.

Proverbs 15:8

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Sacrifice - All the religious services, yea, the most costly; one kind being put for all the rest. Prayer - The cheapest and meanest services.

Proverbs 15:11

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Destruction - The place of destruction, of which men know nothing but by Divine revelation.

Proverbs 15:14

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Foolishness - Wickedness is meat and drink to them.

Proverbs 15:15

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Afflicted - Of the troubled in mind. Evil - Tedious and uncomfortable. Chearful - Heb. of a good heart.

Proverbs 15:16

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Trouble - Tumultuous lusts and passions, vexatious cares, and horrors of conscience.

Proverbs 15:19

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An hedge - As a way hedged up with thorns, troublesome, perplexed, and full of difficulties. Plain - Is easy and pleasant to him, notwithstanding all its difficulties.

Proverbs 15:22

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Counsel - When men do not seek, or will not receive advice from others.

Proverbs 15:23

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The answer - By a wise, or good and seasonable answer.

Proverbs 15:24

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The way - The way a wise man takes to obtain life, is to place his heart, and treasure, and conversation on things above.

Proverbs 15:25

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The proud - Of the mighty oppressors. The border - The estate, the border being often used, for the land within the borders.

Proverbs 15:26

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Pleasant - Acceptable to God.

Proverbs 15:27

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Troubleth - Brings God's curse upon himself and family. Gifts - Bribes given to corrupt judgment. Live - Shall preserve himself and family from ruin.

Proverbs 15:28

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Studieth - He speaks considerately. The mouth - Not the heart; for he rashly speaks what comes into his mouth, without the direction of his heart or conscience.

Proverbs 15:30

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A good report - A good name. Fat - Not only chears a man for the present, but gives him such stable comfort as revives his soul, and gives vigour to his body.

Proverbs 15:31

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The ear - The man that hearkens to that reproof which leads to life, seeks and delights in the company of the wise.

Proverbs 15:33

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The instruction - Doth instruct men in true wisdom.

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