Verse 10. He croucheth and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. Seeming humility is often armour bearer to malice. The lion crouches that he may leap with the greater force, and bring down his strong limbs upon his prey. When a wolf was old, and had tasted human blood, the old Saxon cried, "Ware, wolf!" and we may cry, "Ware fox!" They who crouch to our feet are longing to make us fall. Be very careful of fawners; for friendship and flattery are deadly enemies.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 10. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, etc. There is nothing too mean or servile for them, in the attempt to achieve their sinister ends. You shall see his holiness the Pope washing the pilgrims' feet, if such a stratagem be necessary to act in the minds of the deluded multitude; or you shall see him sitting on a throne of purple, if he wishes to awe and control the kings of the earth. John Morison.
Verse 10. If you take a wolf in a lambskin, hang him up; for he is the worst of the generation. Thomas Adams.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 10. Designing humility unmasked.