An exhortation to the study of wisdom, is forced by various arguments, ver. 1 - 13.
A caution against bad company, ver. 14 - 19.
Directions for the attaining and keeping of wisdom, ver. 20 - 27.
|4:1||A father - Of me, who have paternal authority over you and affection for you.|
|4:3||Tender - Young and tender in years, and tenderly educated.Only beloved - Beloved above all the rest.|
|4:4||Said - The following verses, at least as far as the tenth verse, are the words of David.|
|4:7||With all - Even with the price of all.|
|4:8||Exalt - Let her have thine highest esteem and affection.|
|4:9||Grace - A beautiful ornament, such as they used to put upon their heads.|
|4:16||For - They cannot sleep with quietness.|
|4:17||For - Wickedness is as pleasant to them as their bread.|
|4:18||But - Just men daily grow in knowledge, and grace, and consolation, 'till all be perfected and swallowed up in glory.|
|4:19||Darkness - Full of ignorance and error, of uncertainty and confusion, of danger and misery.|
|4:23||Heart - Thy thoughts, will, and affections. For - From thence proceed all the actions, as of the natural, so of the spiritual life, which lead to eternal life.|
|4:24||Mouth - All sorts of sinful words.|
|4:25||Right on - Direct all thine actions to a right end, and keep thy mind fixed upon that way which leads to it, and neither look or turn aside to the right - hand or the left.|
|4:26||Ponder - Consider thine actions before thou dost them, and see that they agree with the rule. And - Let thine actions be uniformly and constantly good in spite of all temptations.|