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Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth as the prudent mind of a pious person

Prov. 1: ver. 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

For they shall be an ornament. “A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine.” {1}

Tum pietate gravem, &c.  Ου το χρυσος ουτε αδαμας ουτως αστραπτει.

Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth, saith Plato, as the prudent mind of a pious person.

Nothing so beautifies as grace doth. Moses and Joseph were “fair to God,” {2} and favoured of all men. A crown of gold, a chain of pearl, are no such ornaments as are here commended. Continue reading “Neither gold nor precious stone so glittereth as the prudent mind of a pious person”

He is a fool, because void of God’s true fear

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

But fools despise. Fools; so are all such as fear not God, “being abominable, disobedient, and to every good work reprobate,” or injudicious. {Tit 1:16}

Evil is Hebrew for a fool;  Nebulo of Nabal; fool of Φαυλος.

When one highly commended the Cardinal Julian to Sigismund, he answered, Tamen Romanus est; yet he is a popeling. So, yet he is a fool, because void of God’s true fear. “Behold they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?” {#Jer 8:9} Continue reading “He is a fool, because void of God’s true fear”

The fear of the Lord, our treasure

Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Or, The chief and principal point of wisdom, as the word here signified; yea, wisdom itself.

Job 28:28 (KJV): And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding.

This Solomon had learned by the instruction of his father, as it is in the next verse, who had taught it him of a child: Continue reading “The fear of the Lord, our treasure”

Dark sayings

Proverbs 1:6 (KJV) To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

Dark to those that are acute obtusi, that have not their “senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Continue reading “Dark sayings”

I know but little

To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. Proverbs 1:4 (KJV)

Fatuo, אחפ, fatuello -Lipsius’s diminutive; to the silly simple, whose learning hangs not in his light, who holds not himself too wise to be taught, who is not uncounsellable, unpersuadable. Continue reading “I know but little”

Idolatry is a land desolating sin.

To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. (Jer. 18:Ver.16).

To make their land desolate. Not intentionally so; but yet eventually. Idolatry is a land desolating sin. Continue reading “Idolatry is a land desolating sin.”

Of all things God cannot abide to be forgotten

Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up; (Jer. 18:Ver. 15.)

Because my people hath forgotten me. Not forsaken me only. Of all things God cannot abide to be forgotten; this is that very horrible thing, {#Jer 18:13} this is filthiness in virgin Israel, which is most abominable. Continue reading “Of all things God cannot abide to be forgotten”

God himself seemeth to wonder

(Jer. 18:13)  Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.

Therefore thus saith the Lord. God himself seemeth here to wonder at the desperate obstinace of this people, as not to be matched again. Like as our Saviour marvelled at the unbelief of the Nazarites, and could do for them no mighty work. Continue reading “God himself seemeth to wonder”

Judgments, the more sudden, the more direful they are

(Jer. 18: 9-10)   And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

Then will I repent of the good.

  • I will take away mine own, and be gone; {#Ho 2:9}
  • “curse their blessings,” {#Mal 2:2} and
  • “destroy them after that I have done them good”; {as #Jos 24:20}

and all this, whether for the better or for the worse to a nation, God usually doth on the sudden.

“At what instant,” &c. Mercies, the more unexpected, the more welcome; judgments, the more sudden, the more direful they are. Continue reading “Judgments, the more sudden, the more direful they are”

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