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Proverbs Chapter 6

Proverbs 6:2
6:2 Thou art {a} snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art
    taken with the words of thy mouth.

    (a) He forbids us not to become surety one for another,
        according to the rule of charity, but that we consider
        for whom and after what sort, so that the creditor may
        not be defrauded.

Proverbs 6:6
6:6 Go to the {b} ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be
    wise:

    (b) If the word of God cannot instruct you, learn from the
        little ant to labour for yourself and not to burden
        others.

Proverbs 6:10
6:10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, {c} a little
     folding of the hands to sleep:

     (c) He expresses the nature of the sluggards, who though
         they sleep long, yet never have enough, but always
         seek opportunity for more.

Proverbs 6:11
6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that {d} travelleth, and
     thy want as {e} an armed man.

     (d) That is, suddenly, and when you do not look for it.
     (e) It will come in such sort, as you are not able to
         resist it.

Proverbs 6:12
6:12 A naughty person, {f} a wicked man, walketh with a froward
     mouth.

     (f) He shows to what inconvenience the idle persons and
         sluggards come, by calling them unthrifty, or the men
         of Belial, and slanderous.

Proverbs 6:13
6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he {g}
     teacheth with his fingers;

     (g) Thus all his gesture tends to wickedness,

Proverbs 6:18
6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, {h} feet that
     be swift in running to mischief,

     (h) Meaning, the raging affections, which carry a man away
         in such sort that he cannot tell what he does.

Proverbs 6:21
6:21 Bind them continually upon thine {i} heart, [and] tie them
     about thy neck.

     (i) Proverbs 3:3.

Proverbs 6:23
6:23 For the {k} commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is]
     light; and {l} reproofs of instruction [are] the way of
     life:

     (k) By the commandment, he means the word of God; and by
         the instruction, the preaching and declaration of the
         same, which is committed to the Church.
     (l) And reprehensions when the word is preached bring us to
         life.

Proverbs 6:25
6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; neither let her
     take thee with her {m} eyelids.

     (m) With her wanton looks and gesture.

Proverbs 6:27
6:27 {n} Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not
     be burned?

     (n) Meaning, that she will never cease till she has brought
         you to begging, and then seek your destruction.

Proverbs 6:30
6:30 [Men] do not {o} despise a thief, if he stealeth to satisfy
     his {p} soul when he is hungry;

     (o) He does not reprove theft, showing that it is not as
         abominable as whoredom, for theft can be restored, but
         adultery is permanent, and death by the law of God.
     (p) Meaning, for necessity.

Proverbs 6:33
6:33 A {q} wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach
     shall not be wiped away.

     (q) That is, death appointed by the Law.

Proverbs 6:34
6:34 For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not
     {r} spare in the day of vengeance.

     (r) He shows that man by nature seeks the death of he that
         has abused his wife, and so concludes that neither
         God's law nor the law of nature admits any ransom for
         the adultery.



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