Proverbs 1 - Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Bible Comments
  • Proverbs 1:2 open_in_new

    To know — Written to help men to know throughly and practically. Both human wisdom to conduct our affairs in this life, and Divine wisdom. Instruction — The instructions delivered either by God, or men, in order to the attainment of wisdom. To perceive — Which teach a man true understanding.

  • Proverbs 1:3 open_in_new

    To receive — Willing to receive the counsels of others. Such as makes men wise and prudent, and to teach just judgments or equity.

  • Proverbs 1:7 open_in_new

    The fear — Reverence and obedience to God. Beginning — The foundation without which all other knowledge is vain. Fools — That is, wicked men, are so far from attaining true wisdom, that they despise it, and all the means of getting it.

  • Proverbs 1:8 open_in_new

    My son — He speaks to his scholars with paternal authority and affection. Of thy mother — Those pious instructions, which thy mother instilled into thee in thy tender years.

  • Proverbs 1:17 open_in_new

    In vain — The fowler who spreads, his net in the sight of the bird looseth his labour. But these, are more foolish than the silly birds, and though they are not ignorant of the mischief which these evil courses will bring upon themselves, yet they will not take warning.

  • Proverbs 1:20 open_in_new

    Wisdom — Having expressed the counsels of wicked men, he now declares the voice of wisdom. By wisdom he understands the wisdom of God revealed to men in his word. And this is said to cry with a loud voice, to intimate God's earnestness in inviting sinners to repentance. Abroad — Or, in the streets or open places. Not in corners, but openly before all the world.

  • Proverbs 1:21 open_in_new

    Gates — Where magistrates sit in judgment, and people are assembled. The city — Not only in the gate, but in every part of the city.

  • Proverbs 1:32 open_in_new

    Turning — From God. Destroy — Shall prove the occasion of their ruin, by making them presumptuous, and secure.