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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Proverbs Chapter 4

Proverbs 4:1

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A father - Of me, who have paternal authority over you and affection for you.

Proverbs 4:3

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Tender - Young and tender in years, and tenderly educated. Only beloved - Beloved above all the rest.

Proverbs 4:4

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Said - The following verses, at least as far as the tenth verse, are the words of David.

Proverbs 4:7

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With all - Even with the price of all.

Proverbs 4:8

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Exalt - Let her have thine highest esteem and affection.

Proverbs 4:9

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Grace - A beautiful ornament, such as they used to put upon their heads.

Proverbs 4:16

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For - They cannot sleep with quietness.

Proverbs 4:17

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For - Wickedness is as pleasant to them as their bread.

Proverbs 4:18

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But - Just men daily grow in knowledge, and grace, and consolation, 'till all be perfected and swallowed up in glory.

Proverbs 4:19

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Darkness - Full of ignorance and error, of uncertainty and confusion, of danger and misery.

Proverbs 4:23

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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.

Proverbs 4:24

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Mouth - All sorts of sinful words.

Proverbs 4:25

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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.

Proverbs 4:26

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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.

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