(1) A wise son heareth his father’s instruction.—Or, is his father’s instruction, i.e., the result and embodiment of it.
A scorner.—See above on Proverbs 1:22.
Shall eat violence.—Comp. Proverbs 1:31; Proverbs 26:6.
There is that maketh himself poor.—Comp. Luke 12:33.
But the poor heareth not rebuke.—Or, threatening. (Comp. Job 3:18; Job 39:7.) He has no need to regard it; his poverty and insignificance are his protection.
Snares of death.—Set by the devil (2 Timothy 2:26).
The way of transgressors is hard.—Rough and barren as the valley described in Deuteronomy 21:4, in contrast to the green “pastures” and “waters of comfort” of Psalm 23:2.