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Wesley's Notes on the Bible
1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
29:4 Judgment - By the free and impartial exercise of justice. Gifts - Bribes.
5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
29:8 Wrath - The wrath of God or of men, who were enraged against it.
9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
29:9 Whether - Whether he, the wise man, deal sharply with him, or mildly, there is no rest, no end or fruit of the debate.
10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
29:10 Seek - To preserve it.
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
29:15 Left - Suffered to follow his own will without restraint and chastening.
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
29:18 No vision - No prophecy; no publick preaching of God's word.
19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
29:19 A servant - Who is so not only in condition, but also in the temper of his mind, disingenuous, and stubborn. Words - By mere words. Tho' - Though he know thy mind, and his own duty.
20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
29:20 Hasty - Who is rash and heady in the management of his affairs.
21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
29:21 Delicately - Allowing him too much freedom, and familiarity. A son - Will find him at last grow insolent, and forgetful of his servile condition.
22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
29:24 Bewrayeth it not - Which he is bound to do for the publick good.
25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
29:25 A snare - Is an occasion of many sins.
26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
29:26 Judgment - The decision of his cause, and the success of all his endeavours.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.