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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Proverbs Chapter 24

Proverbs 24:1

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(Pro. 24:1-34)

(Compare Pro 23:3, Pro 23:17; Psa 37:1).

Proverbs 24:2

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talk . . . mischief--Their expressed purposes are to do evil.

Proverbs 24:3

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(Compare Pro 14:1; Isa 54:14).

house--including the family.

Proverbs 24:4

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by knowledge . . . riches-- (Pro 8:18; Pro 21:20).

Proverbs 24:5

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The general statement (Ecc 9:16, Ecc 9:18) is specially illustrated (compare Pro 21:22; Psa 144:1).

Proverbs 24:7

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(Compare Pro 14:16).

in the gate--(Compare Pro 22:22).

Proverbs 24:8

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So called even if he fails to do evil.

Proverbs 24:9

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Same thought varied.

Proverbs 24:10

pro 24:10

Literally, "If thou fail in the day of straits (adversity), strait (or, small) is thy strength," which is then truly tested.

Proverbs 24:11

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Neglect of known duty is sin (Jam 4:17).

ready--literally, "bowing down"

to be slain--that is, unjustly. God's retributive justice cannot be avoided by professed ignorance.

Proverbs 24:13

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As delicious food whets the appetite, so should the rewards of wisdom excite us to seek it.

Proverbs 24:14

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reward--literally, "after part," the proper result (compare Pro 23:18; Psa 37:37-38).

Proverbs 24:15

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The plots of the wicked against the good, though partially, shall not be fully successful (Psa 37:24); while the wicked, falling under penal evil, find no help.

Proverbs 24:16

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seven times--often, or many (Pro 6:16, Pro 6:31; Pro 9:1).

Proverbs 24:17

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Yet let none rejoice over the fate of evildoers, lest God punish their wrong spirit by relieving the sufferer (compare Pro 17:5; Job 31:29).

Proverbs 24:19

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(Psa 37:1, Psa 37:38; Psa 18:28).

Proverbs 24:20

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candle--or, "prosperity"; it shall come to an end (Pro 13:9; Pro 20:20).

Proverbs 24:21

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A warning against impiety and resistance to lawful rule (Rom 13:1-7; Pe1 2:17).

meddle . . . change--(Compare Margin), literally, "mingle not yourself," avoid the society of restless persons.

Proverbs 24:22

pro 24:22

their calamity, &c.--either what God and the king inflict, or what changers and their company suffer; better the first.

Proverbs 24:23

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These . . . wise--literally, "are of the wise," as authors (compare "Psalms of David," Hebrew). "These" refers to the verses following, Pro 24:24-34.

to have respect--literally, "to discern faces," show partiality,

Proverbs 24:24

pro 24:24

of which an example is justifying the wicked, to which is opposed, rebuking him, which has a blessing.

Proverbs 24:26

pro 24:26

kiss his lips--love and obey, do homage (Psa 2:12; Sol 8:1).

right answer--literally, "plain words" (compare Pro 8:9), opposed to deceptive, or obscure.

Proverbs 24:27

pro 24:27

Prepare . . . in the field--Secure, by diligence, a proper support, and then build; provide necessaries, then comforts, to which a house rather pertained, in a mild climate, permitting the use of tents.

Proverbs 24:28

pro 24:28

Do not speak even truth needlessly against any, and never falsehood.

Proverbs 24:29

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Especially avoid retaliation (Mat 5:43-45; Rom 12:17).

Proverbs 24:30

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A striking picture of the effects of sloth.

Proverbs 24:32

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From the folly of the sluggard learn wisdom (Pro 6:10-11).

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