3. So surely are sin and punishment connected ( Proverbs 16:4 ).
wicked, for "wickedness," answers to
ignominy, or the state of such; and
contempt, the feeling of others to them; and to
reproach, a manifestation of contempt.
4. Wise speech is like an exhaustless stream of benefit.
5. accept the person--(Compare Psalms 82:2 ). "It is not good" is to be supplied before "to overthrow."
6, 7. The quarrelsome bring trouble on themselves. Their rash language ensnares them ( Proverbs 6:2 ).
8. (Compare Proverbs 16:28 ).
as wounds--not sustained by the Hebrew; better, as "sweet morsels," which men gladly swallow.
innermost . . . belly--the mind, or heart (compare Proverbs 20:27-30 , Psalms 22:14 ).
9. One by failing to get, the other by wasting wealth, grows poor.
waster--literally, "master of washing," a prodigal.
13. Hasty speech evinces self-conceit, and ensures shame ( Proverbs 26:12 ).
14. infirmity--bodily sickness, or outward evil. The spirit, which sustains, being wounded, no support is left, except, as implied, in God.
18. The lot--whose disposal is of God ( Proverbs 16:13 ), may, properly used, be a right mode of settling disputes.
19. No feuds so difficult of adjustment as those of relatives; hence great care should be used to avoid them.
23. the rich . . . roughly--He is tolerated because rich, implying that the estimate of men by wealth is wrong.
24. A man . . . friendly--better, "A man . . . (is) to, or, may triumph ( Psalms 108:9 ), or, shout for joy ( Psalms 5:11 ), that is, may congratulate himself." Indeed, there is a Friend who is better than a brother; such is the "Friend of sinners" [ Matthew 11:19 , Luke 7:34 ], who may have been before the writer's mind.