Proverbs Chapter 24 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not: doth not he that pondereth the heart, consider it? and he that keepeth thy soule, doth not he know it? and shall not hee render to euery man according to his workes?12
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24:2 Destruction - How they may oppress and destroy others.
24:3 Through wisdom - There is no need that thou shouldest raise thy family by ruining others, which thou mayest more effectually do by wisdom.
24:4 By knowledge - Which in scripture phrase includes the love and practice of what we know.
24:5 Is strong - Is courageous and resolute, and able by wisdom to do greater things than others can accomplish by strength.
24:6 Thy war - War is better managed by wisdom than by strength.
24:7 A fool - For a wicked man, whose sins enfeeble his mind, and make it incapable of wisdom. Openeth not - He knows not how to speak acceptably, and profitably in the publick assembly.
24:8 Shall be called - Though he cover his wicked devices with fair pretences, he shall be branded with that infamy which is due to him.
24:9 The thought - The very inward thought or contrivance of evil, is a sin in God's sight.
24:11 Deliver - When it is in thy power. Drawn - By the violence of lawless men.
24:12 Consider - That this is only a frivolous excuse.
24:13 Eat - This is not a command, but a concession, and is only here expressed to illustrate the following verse. Honey in those parts was an usual food.
24:14 A reward - It is not only sweet for the present, but brings a sure and everlasting reward.
24:16 Falleth - Into calamities, of which he evidently speaks both in the foregoing verse, and in the following branch of this verse. Fall - Frequently into irrecoverable destruction.
24:17 Falleth - Into mischief.
24:18 From him - Understand, upon thee, which is implied in the Hebrew phrase.
24:20 No reward - All his happiness shall quickly and eternally perish. The candle - All their comfort and glory shall cease.
24:21 To change - That are unstable in their obedience to God or to the king.
24:22 Who knoweth - Who can conceive how sore and sudden will be the ruin of them that fear not God, and the king.
24:23 These - The counsels following, to the end of the chapter, no less than those hitherto mentioned, are worthy of their consideration.
24:25 Rebuke - That publickly and judicially rebuke and condemn the wicked. Delight - The peace of a good conscience.
24:26 Shall kiss - Shall respect him. A right answer - That speaks pertinently and plainly, and truly.
24:32 Received - I learned wisdom by his folly.
Proverbs Chapter 24 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
1 Chap. 23.17. and 24.19. psal. 37.1. &c. and 73.3.
5 Heb. is in strength. , Heb. strengtheneth might.
6 Chap. 20. 18. and 11. 14. and 15. 22.
10 Heb. narrow.
11 Psal. 82.4
12 Iob.34. 11. psal.62. 12. ier.32. 19. rom.2. 6. apoc.22. 12.
13 Psal.19. 9. & 119. 103. , Heb. vpon thy palate.
14 Chap.23. 18.
16 Psal.34. 18. and 37. 24. iob.5. 19.
17 Psal.35. 15.chap.17 5. iob.31. 29.
18 Heb. it be euill in his eyes.
19 Psal. 37.1. chap.23. 17. , Or, keepe not company with the wicked.
20 Chap.13. 9. iob.21.17 , Or, lampe.
21 Heb. changers.
23 Leuit. 19. 15.chap.18. 5. and 28. 21. deut.1. 17. and 16. 19. ioh. 7. 24.
24 Chap.17. 15. isa.5.23.
25 Heb. a blessing of good.
26 Heb. that answereth right words.
29 Chap.20. 22.
32 Hebr. set my heart.
33 Chap.6. 9. &c.
34 Hebr. a man of shield.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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