Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 23:1Ruler - With a great man.
pro 23:2Put a knife - Restrain thine appetite, as if a man stood with a knife at thy throat.
pro 23:3Deceitful - They do not yield thee that satisfaction which thou didst expect from them.
pro 23:4Thine own wisdom - From worldly wisdom, which persuades men to use all possible means to get riches.
pro 23:5Set thine eyes - Look upon it with earnestness and desire. Is not - Which has no solid and settled being. Eagle - Swiftly, strongly, and irrecoverably.
pro 23:6Evil eye - Of the envious or covetous man.
pro 23:7So is he - You are not to judge of him by his words, but by the constant temper of his mind.
pro 23:8Vomit up - When thou perceivest his churlish disposition, his meat will be loathsome to thee. Sweet words - Thy pleasant discourse wherewith thou didst design to delight and profit him.
pro 23:9Of a fool - Cast not away good counsels upon incorrigible sinners.
pro 23:10Enter not - To possess their lands.
pro 23:11Redeemer - Heb. their near kinsman, to whom it belongs to avenge their wrongs, and to recover and maintain their rights.
pro 23:13Shall not die - It is a likely way to prevent his destruction.
pro 23:16My reins - I shall rejoice with all my soul.
pro 23:18An end - An expected and happy end for such as fear God.
pro 23:19Guide - Order the whole course of thine affections and actions. In the way - In God's way.
pro 23:23Buy - Purchase it upon any terms, spare no pains or cost. Truth - The true and saving knowledge of God's will. Sell it not - Do not forsake it for any worldly advantage.
pro 23:26Give me - Solomon here speaks in God's name.
pro 23:30Mixt wine - Either mixed with water, or with other ingredients to make it strong and delicious.
pro 23:31Red - Which was the colour of the best wines in that country. Aright - When it sparkles, and seems to smile upon a man.
pro 23:34Lieth down - To sleep. Sea - In a ship in the midst of the sea.
pro 23:35Sick - I was not sensible of it. Again - At present my condition requires sleep to settle myself, and when I am composed, I purpose to return to my former course.