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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Proverbs 24

Verse 7

24:7 Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the {a} gate.

(a) In the place where wisdom should be shown.

Verse 10

24:10 [If] thou {b} faintest in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.

(b) Man has no trial of his strength till he is in trouble.

Verse 11

24:11 If thou refraineth to deliver [them that are] drawn to {c} death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;

(c) No one can be excused, if he does not help the innocent when he is in danger.

Verse 13

24:13 My son, eat thou {d} honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:

(d) As honey is sweet and pleasant to the taste, so wisdom is to the soul.

Verse 16

24:16 For a just [man] {e} falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

(e) He is subject to many perils, but God delivers him.

Verse 18

24:18 Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath {f} from him.

(f) To be avenged on you.

Verse 22

24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them {g} both?

(g) Meaning, either of the wicked and seditious, as in Proverbs 24:19; Proverbs 24:21 or of them who do not fear God or obey their king.

Verse 27

24:27 Prepare thy work outside, and make it fit for thyself in the field; {h} and afterwards build thy house.

(h) Be sure of the means how to compass it, before you take any enterprise in hand.

Verse 29

24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I {i} will render to the man according to his work.

(i) He shows what is the nature of the wicked, to revenge wrong for wrong.

Verse 32

24:32 Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received {k} instruction.

(k) That I might learn by another man’s fault.

Verse 33

24:33 [Yet] a little sleep, {l} a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

(l) Read Geneva "Proverbs 6:10"

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Proverbs 24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.