Two wrongs: boasting about tomorrow (here), and fretting about
tomorrow (Mat 6:34). See Jam 4:13 (because we must submit to God); Luk
AND NOT YOUR OWN MOUTH: Which would be the act of a
"fool", as Paul says in 2Co 6:5-12; 12:11. Ct Mat 8:8 with Luk
JEALOUSY: As of a wronged husband (Pro 6:34).
HIDDEN LOVE: That is, "love" that never shows itself in
speaking truth or giving counsel (Pro 27:16). Cp Lev 19:17. Ct Pro
KISSES: Judas in Mat 26:48-50.
HE WHO IS FULL LOATHES HONEY: Cp Num 11:4-20; 21:5; Psa
78:25: "this light bread". Cp "rich" Laodiceans (Rev 3:17,18).
EVEN WHAT IS BITTER TASTES SWEET: Thus he rejoices in
"bitter" tribulations, knowing they come from God.
See 1Co 7:24; Gen 34:1,2.
// Pro 7:17; 21:17.
AND THE FRIEND OF YOUR FATHER: Examples: 1Ki 5:1-10;
DO NOT GO TO YOUR BROTHER'S HOUSE: // Pro 17:17; 18:24.
Better a friend who is "near" to us than even a brother who is "far
A stranger should not be indiscriminately favored with a loan;
he may use it for a prostitute: cp Pro 20:16. Cp, generally, Pro 6:1; 11:15;
17:18; 20:16; 22:26.
LOUDLY: That is, extravagantly, insincerely. Gratitude
should be offered in secret (cp Mat 6:5,6; Pro 26:24,25; 27:2; Psa 12:2). Cp the
flattery of Tertullus with the sincerity of Paul in Act 24:1-10, and the
deceitful talk of the Pharisees in Mat 22:16.
CURSE: Men should not desire praise and flattery from
// Pro 19:13.
A CONSTANT DRIPPING: Water leaking through clay
RESTRAINING THE WIND: Impossible. Such a woman is an
embarrassment which cannot be hidden.
GRASPING OIL WITH THE HAND: "The ointment of thy right
hand, which bewrayeth itself" (KJV). So very strong that, if a person walks by,
the scent fills the street (LB 294).
Man was framed not for solitude but for society: see Mal 3:16.
But remember that "iron sharpening iron" can generate a good deal of friction
and heat... and can be rather unpleasant!
"This suggests that even those of equal knowledge and ability
can sharpen each other. It is not necessary to have a qualified teacher to
enable us to learn. A man's ideas are 'right in his own eyes, but his neighbour
cometh and searcheth him.' The neighbour may not be of equal calibre with the
one he so 'searches' and yet his criticisms may be of great value. The original
idea may need a good deal of modification to make it sound, and the explanatory
words may need much clarifying to make them fully intelligible. We may often be
surprised at the failure of our friends to appreciate a good thought or to
understand language which seems perfectly clear to us. If we are to render
service our thoughts must be such as can be appreciated and our language must be
easy to understand. A very humble critic may serve us well by misunderstanding
us, if he tells us of his difficulties" (PrPr).
Care for and nurture your important relationships, as you
might a fruit tree. Cp Psa 33:20; 123:2; Mat 25:21.
The word of God as a mirror -- to reveal clearly our hearts.
Whatever the distinguishing characteristics in ourselves, we discover and elicit
See Pro 30:6; ct Isa 55:1,2; Mat 11:28,29.
Observe what a man prides himself upon, and you will know what
kind of man he is.
The child might so be changed (Pro 22:15), but not so easily
the grown man.
In the spiritual sense (1Pe 5:2-4)...
That is, as the seasons follow one another in a natural