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Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18:1-24 .

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.

15. (Compare Proverbs 1:5 Proverbs 1:15 Proverbs 1:31 ).

16. (Compare Proverbs 17:8 Proverbs 17:23 ). Disapproval of the fact stated is implied.

17. One-sided statements are not reliable.
searcheth--thoroughly ( Proverbs 17:9 Proverbs 17:19 ).

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.

20. (Compare Proverbs 12:14 , 13:2 ). Men's words are the fruit, or, increase of his lips, and when good, benefit them.
satisfied with--(Compare Proverbs 1:31 , 14:14 ).

21. Death and life--or, the greatest evil and good.
that love it--that is, the tongue, or its use for good or evil.
eat . . . fruit--(Compare Proverbs 18:19 , 1:19 ).

22. The old versions supply "good" before the "wife," as the last clause and Proverbs 19:14 imply (compare Proverbs 31:10 ).

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.

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