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.
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.
[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
6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that d
travelleth, and thy want as e an armed
(d) That is, suddenly, and when you do not look
(e) It will come in such sort, as you are not
able to resist it.
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,
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,
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.
them continually upon thine i heart,
[and] tie them about thy neck.
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.
6:25 Lust not after her beauty
in thy heart; neither let her take thee with her m
(m) With her wanton looks and gesture.
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.
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.
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.
6:34 For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore
he will not r spare in the day of
(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.