Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
pro 25:1These - Which are contained in this and the following chapters. The men - Certain persons appointed by Hezekiah for that work. Many of them are political precepts, and such as in a special manner concerned Hezekiah, and other princes, for the conduct of their house and kingdom. Copied - Out of the historical records which were then extant.
pro 25:2The glory - It is agreeable to the nature of God; it is a testimony of his infinite wisdom, and of his absolute power and sovereignty. To conceal - To keep his counsels, and the reasons of his actions in his own breast. Search out - To communicate their counsels to others, that so they may search and find out the right way.
pro 25:3The heart - Though wise kings will search out other men, yet their inward thoughts and purposes are hardly discoverable.
pro 25:4Take away - Then, and not 'till then it is fit for that use.
pro 25:6Stand not - Do not affect frequent and familiar society with greater persons than thyself.
pro 25:9Debate - If thou hast any quarrel with him, first try to compose it by private discourse with him. Discover not - Let not heat of contention provoke thee to divulge any of his secrets committed to thy trust.
pro 25:10Lest he - Reproach thee for thy gross violation of the laws of prudence, justice and friendship.
pro 25:11Of silver - Which it seems was usual in those times, and was grateful to the eye for the beauty and variety both of the colours and figures, the golden apples appearing through net - work of silver.
pro 25:13Cold of snow - As drink cooled with ice or snow, as is usual in hot countries.
pro 25:14Boasteth - Promising what he never intends to give. Is like - Like empty clouds carried about with wind, and not affording that rain which they promise.
pro 25:15Forbearing - By patient submission and expectation. Breaketh - Softens the hardest heart.
pro 25:16Honey - By honey he understands, not only all delicious meats, but all worldly delights, which we are here taught to use with moderation.
pro 25:17Withdraw - Visit him not too frequently.
pro 25:18A sword - Is as cruel and pernicious as any instrument of death.
pro 25:20As vinegar - Which dissolves the nitre, and makes it useless and ineffectual.
pro 25:21Bread - By bread and water he understands all things necessary for his subsistence.
pro 25:22For - In so doing, which words are expressed Rom 12:20, where this text is quoted. Thou shalt melt him into repentance, and love.
pro 25:25So - Because it comes more rarely and difficultly, after it hath been long expected.
pro 25:26Falling - When righteous men are oppressed by the wicked, the state of that common - wealth is as deplorable, as if the publick fountains were corrupted.
pro 25:27Not good - For health. To search - Industriously to seek for applause. Is not - Is not only sinful, but shameful also.