20:1 a Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whoever is deceived by it is not wise.
(a) By wine here is meant him that is given to
wine, and so by strong drink.
20:2 The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a
lion: [whoever] provoketh him to anger b
sinneth [against] his own soul.
(b) Puts his life in danger.
Counsel in the heart of c man [is like]
deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
(c) It is hard to find out: for it is as deep
waters, whose bottom cannot be found: yet the wise man will know a man either
by his words or manners.
king that sitteth on the throne of judgment d
scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
(d) Where righteous judgment is executed, there
sin ceases, and vice dare not appear.
20:10 Differing weights, [and]
differing measures, both of e them [are]
alike abomination to the LORD.
(e) Read (Proverbs
Take his f garment that is surety [for]
a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
(f) Teach him wit, that he cast not himself
rashly into danger.
[It is] a snare to the man [who] g
devoureth [that which is] holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
(g) That is, to apply or take for his own use,
that which was appointed to God's and then ask how he may be exempted from
20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and
bringeth the h wheel over them.
(h) Which was a kind of punishment then used.
20:27 The i
spirit of man [is] the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the
(i) The word of God gives life to man and causes
us to see and try the secret of our dark hearts, (Hebrews
The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do] stripes the inward parts of
(k) Sharp punishment that pierces even the inward
parts is profitable for the wicked to bring them to amendment.