A Commentary on the Whole Book of Proverbs
Excerpt from A Commentary on the Whole Book of Proverbs Ver. 2. To know wisdom and instruction, and to understand the words of prudence. In this second verse two ends or uses of the parables of this book are noted unto us. The for mer end is the knowing of wisdom and instruction. Wisdom is an effectual knowledge of things which are to be believed or practised, wrought by the light of God's word and Spirit clearing and directing the mind and understanding. As concerning instruo tion, it is a virtue consisting in the right using of wisdom, whereby, through the Lord's working and schooling, the heart and life of men is reformed. The second use of these parables is to understand the words of prudence, (or skilful speeches.) These words of prudence are those holy doctrines or divine instruo tions whereby a man may reform that which is amiss in him, and govern himself aright in the whole course of his life. For wherewithal shall a young man, yea, any man, redress his way, but by ruling himself after the word of God, every sentence whereof is, as it were, a straight line leading to repentance, but espe cially the sentences of this excellent book? Ver. 3. To receive the instruction of understanding, of justice, of judgment, and of all equity, (or righteous ness.) Herein divers parcels of instruction, mentioned in the former verse, are specified. First, These parables serve unto the renewing and lightening of the mind, which here is meant by understanding. Secondly, They teach justice, whereby is given to every one that which is his due. Thirdly, They teach also judgment, whereby the straight rule of God's word and his exact law is in every point and action observed. Finally, They teach all equity, whereby 'whatsoever things are true, whatsoever comely, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatso ever acceptable, whatsoever of good report, of any praise or any virtue, are thought on, practised, and followed after, ' Phil. Iv. 8. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.