Observations on wisdom and folly, ver. 1 - 3.
On rulers, ver. 4 - 7.
Miscellany observations, ver. 8 - 11.
On governing the tongue, ver. 12 - 14.
More miscellany observations, ver. 15 - 20.
|10:2||Heart - His understanding is always present with him and ready to direct him. He mentions the right hand, because that is the common instrument of action. A fool's - His understanding is not effectual to govern his affections and actions.|
|10:3||Walketh - In his daily conversation. He saith - He discovers his folly to all that meet him.|
|10:4||The spirit - The passion. Leave not - In anger or discontent.Continue in a diligent and faithful discharge of thy duty, and modestly and humbly submit to him. Yielding - A gentle and submissive carriage.|
|10:6||The rich - Wise and worthy men, rich in endowments of mind.|
|10:8||An hedge - Whereby another man's fields or vineyards are distinguished, that he may either take away their fruits, or enlarge his own fields.|
|10:9||Whoso removeth - Stones too heavy for them: who rashly attempts things too high and hard for them.|
|10:10||Wisdom - As wisdom instructs a man in the smallest matters, so it is useful for a man's direction in all weighty affairs.|
|10:11||Without - If not prevented by the art and care of the charmer; which practice he does not justify, but only mentions by way of resemblance.|
|10:12||Gracious - Procure him favour with those who hear him.|
|10:14||Full of words - Forward to promise and boast what he will do, whereas none can be sure of future events, even during his own life, much more after his death.|
|10:15||Wearieth - Fools discover their folly by their wearisome and fruitless endeavours after things which are too high for them.Because - He is ignorant of those things which are most easy, as of the way to the great city whither he is going.|
|10:16||A child - Either in age, or childish qualities. Eat - Give up themselves to eating and drinking. Morning - The fittest time for God's service, for the dispatch of weighty affairs, and for sitting in judgment.|
|10:17||Nobles - Not so much by birth, as by their noble dispositions.|
|10:20||Thy thought - In the most secret manner. The rich - Princes or governors. A bird - The king will hear of it by unknown and unsuspected hands, as if a bird had heard and carried the report of it.|