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Proverbs 22:1.A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:2 The rich and poor meet together. The LORD is the maker of them all.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.(punished?).

Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honour and life.

Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward. He that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

Proverbs 22:6.Train.(original also 'begin', 'dedicate'; dedicate a way, how?).up a child in the way he should go.(that is, so the child will be a blessing to himself and to others and to life itself:.Genesis 18:19).and when he is older.(as he or she ages; means, as they mature), he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:7 The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity.(why?).and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease..(stay far from those who are like that)

Proverbs 22:11 He that loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets..(lives by his fear, having no faith in God)

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit. He that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness.(implies a getting into trouble).is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction.(the rod is a symbol of something held up as a standard to respect that can be used for correction; original for 'rod' is 'tribe'; the clan or tribe or family one grows up with is a most powerful influence upon a child and provides an atmosphere the child will automatically meld in with, especially so if you too also know what to do).shall drive it far from him..(a better translation would have been.'Children are naturally lighthearted and flippant, but those of the tribe of instruction.{those older with experience}.can steer them onto the right road of safety.')

Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Proverbs 22:17-21 Bow down thine ear and hear the words of the wise and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? 

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. For the LORD will plead their cause and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor.(and unlikely to be able to stand against the wealth of others;.Barnes Notes:."Do not be tempted by the helplessness of the poor man to do him wrong"), neither oppress the afflicted in the gate.(Adam Clarke's Commentary:."...courts of justice were held at the gates of cities in the East"). For the LORD will plead their cause and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man and with a furious man do not go, Lest thou learn his ways and get a snare to your soul.

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship.(original is 'feed', 'shepherd', 'companion', 'entreat', 'eat', 'pasture', 'tend'; in other words, 'don't waste your time trying to be of help to him or her).with an angry.(original is 'to be displeased', 'breathing hard'; hot and determined in his ego ways).man and with a furious man do not go.(don't hand around with such types, it'll do you no good), Lest thou learn his ways and get a snare to your soul.

Proverbs 22:25 Be not thou one of them that strike hands or of them.(an agreemnet which puts you in debt).that are sureties for debts.(avoid guaranteeing another's debt). If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Proverbs 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Proverbs 23:1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you.

Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if you be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties.(savory, delectable food); for they are deceitful meat.

Offered not from genuine hospitality (Psalms 141:5) or perhaps because they do not yield the satisfaction you expected from them or perhaps such sugary delectable loads a person with the seeds of divers diseases); meat means 'food'.

Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.

Proverbs 23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that has an evil eye, neither desire you his dainty meats.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Eat and drink, says he to thee, but his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.(the original Hebrew here is."For what his heart is open to, that he has become.{Matthew 7:20}".and can also mean."as he is all along in his heart, so will he be in action."). Eat and drink, says he to thee; but his heart is not with you.("Hey, come and have a drink with us", but he doesn't really care about you at all).

Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child, for if thou beatest.(original 'smite').him with the rod, he shall not die.

Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beat.(original 'smite').him with the rod and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Proverbs 23:20 Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh.

Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. And drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth and sell it not, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice and he that begetteth.('bares' and 'brings forth' as the original has it).a wise child shall have joy of him.

Proverbs 23:25 Your father and your mother shall be glad and she that bare you shall rejoice.

Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways.

Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? who has wounds without cause? who has redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not you upon the wine.(in other words, don't consider drinking it).when it is red, when it gives its colour in the cup, when it moves itself aright.(still fermenting). At the last it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes shall behold strange women and your heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, you shall be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea or as he that lies upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shall you say and I was not sick. They have beaten me and I felt it not. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again

Barnes Notes: the picture ends with the words of the drunkard on waking from his sleep. Unconscious of the excesses of the night, his first thought is to return to his old habit; Clarke's Commentary: though beat and abused, full of pain and exhibiting a frightful figure, yet so drunk was he as to be insensible who had struck him; still, after all this abuse and disgrace, he purposes to embrace the next opportunity of repeating his excesses; Matthew Poole's Commentary: at present I find some inconvenience and my condition requires sleep to settle myself but when I am composed and refreshed, I'll to return to my former course of iving

Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel you shall make your war and in multitude of counselors there is safety..(Proverbs 11:14; 12:15)

Proverbs 24:11,12 If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death and those that are ready to be slain. If you say, Behold, we knew it not. Does not he.(referring to He who set it all up).that ponders the heart consider it? and he that keeps your soul, does not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works.(*)?

Proverbs 24:13,14 My son, eat you honey, because it is good and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste. So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto your soul. When you have found it, then there shall be a reward and your expectation shall not be cut off.

Proverbs 24:15,16 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place.(do not plot evil against another). For a just man falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked shall fall into mischief.(original for 'mischief' is 'evils').

Proverbs 24:17 Rejoice not when your enemy falls and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.

Proverbs 24:18 Lest the LORD see it and it displease him and he turn away his wrath from him.

Proverbs 24:19,20.Fret not yourself because of evil men, neither be you envious at the wicked, for there shall be no reward to the evil man. The candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Proverbs 24:21,22 My son, fear you the LORD and the king and meddle not with them that are given to change, for their calamity shall rise suddenly and who knows the ruin of them both?

Proverbs 24:21,22 My son, fear you the LORD and the king.(be wary of your doings around others; perhaps a better translation would have been 'my son, fear the Lord, the king over all things...).and meddle not with them.(original for 'meddle' is 'engage', 'mingle, 'intermeddle', 'pledge', 'surety', that is, avoid involvements with others which can lead to control over you).that are given to change.(the Lord is stable in his love for you {?}, but humans are something else, especially if they are greater in status than you and change their mind regarding you, you're sure to get the short end of the stick), for their calamity shall rise suddenly and who knows the ruin of them both.(original of 'for their calamity shall rise suddenly and who knows the ruin of both' is closer to the original meaning with 'calamity rises suddenly and both {of these things, calamity and the suddenness of it} bring ruin {that is, ruin the unwary person who fails to see any negatives at the first of any involvement with them}?

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.

Proverbs 24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work..(because every man or woman reaps what they have sown and what one has sown goes into the collective consciousness and is amplified according to the intentbehind similar thoughts others have, so things for all get worse; but there is a way out; one must fix himself because this also fixes others)

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Proverbs 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.(the one who owns the foundry will then have a better vessel).

Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king and his throne shall be established in righteousness..(those in positions of ruling should ensure non of his or her advisors are of evil intent)

Proverbs 25:6,7 Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king and stand not in the place of great men, for better it is that it be said unto you, Come up hither, than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen..(avoid putting yourself forward to impress another or it might backfire on you)

Proverbs 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive.(*), lest you know not what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbour has put you to shame.

There is often something that you miss when you assume things to be a certain way and find out later you were in error:.Proverbs 30:29-33.

Proverbs 25:9.Debate your cause with your neighbour himself and discover not a secret to another..(keep negatives about a situation away from those not involved; work it out yourself with the other; learn about gossip)

Proverbs 25:10 Lest he that hears it put you to shame and your infamy turn not away.(you may be remembered for what you did).

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like a apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters..(Adam Clarke's Commentary:."Snow was frequent in Judea and tin the East they have snow-houses dug under ground where they lay up snow for summer use; by means of the mass of snow deposited in them the icy temperature is kept up, so that the snow is easily preserved and this was he common method of cooling their wine.")

Proverbs 25:15 By long forbearing.(hold off your anger against another as long as is possible:.Romans 12:18).is a prince persuaded and a soft tongue.(Proverbs 15:1).breaks the bone.

Proverbs 25:16 Have you found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled therewith and vomit it.

Proverbs 25:17 Withdraw your foot from your neighbour's house lest he be weary of you and so hate you.

The word 'hate' in the Bible generally means 'to love less by comparison'; not quite a dislike but heading that way. If you're visiting someone, leave before the evening begins to 'wear thin' and leave early to be sure they are sad, not happy that you left.

Proverbs 25:18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbour.(lies to get another in trouble).is a maul.(original for 'maul' is 'scatterer'. 'a scattering club'; doesn't care that he's causing separation, as he only cares for himself:.Proverbs 16:28; this kind of person probably would get anyone into trouble if he's paid enough or could gain some advantage, as Judas betrayed Emmanuel {John 12:4-6} and as some leaders in governments and corporations do today, gaining advantage by deceits).and a sword and a sharp arrow.

Proverbs 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.

Proverbs 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful.(original 'treacherous', 'offensive'; note which people you feel comfortable around and those that you feel uncomfortable around and avoid the uncomfortable).man in time of trouble.(original 'trouble', 'distress', 'affliction', 'adversity', 'anguish', 'tribulation', 'adversary').is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint..(can't rely on him for help when it's needed).

Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.

Proverbs 25:22 For you shall heap coals of fire upon his head and the LORD shall reward you..(does this make any sense at all?)(also Romans 12:20)

Proverbs 25:23 The north wind drives away rain so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling.(contentiousJFB Commentary: From troubled fountains and corrupt springs no healthy water is to be had, so when the righteous are oppressed by the wicked, their power for good is lessened or destroyed. ).woman and in a wide house.

Proverbs 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Proverbs 25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring..(JFB Commentary:."from troubled fountains and corrupt springs no healthy water is to be had, so when the righteous are oppressed by the wicked, their power for good is lessened or destroyed)

Proverbs 25:28 He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.

Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly.(doesn't fit his character).for a fool.

Proverbs 26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless.(without cause).shall not come.

from.Adam Clarke's Commentary.by Gary Gallant."As the sparrow flies about the house and the swallow emigrates to strange countries, so an undeserved malediction may flutter about the neighbourhood for a season. But in a short time it will disappear as the bird of passage and never take effect on the innocent person against whom it was pronounced."
Jamieson, Fausett, Brown Commentary."He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head."

Proverbs 26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewards the fool and rewards transgressors..(how does He do this?)

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit so a fool returns to his folly..(2Peter 2:22)

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 26:17 He that passes by and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears..(Proverbs 17:14)

Proverbs 26:18 As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows and death,

Proverbs 26:19 So is the man that deceives his neighbour and says, Am not I in sport.(or, is this not the way life is for all?.Psalms 52:1)?

Proverbs 26:20-23 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out, so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.(if there is upset at the place where you may be present, you can be sure some mouth has caused it). As coals are to burning coals and wood to fire so is a contentious man to kindle strife. The words of a talebearer are as wounds and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

Proverbs 26:24-27 He that hates dissembles with his lips and lays up deceit within him. When he speaks fair, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whoso digs a pit shall fall therein. And he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted.(that is; if someone is lying to you, he really doesn't care about you).by it and a flattering.mouth works ruin.


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