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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



PROVERBS 7

 

CHAPTER VII.

 

Ver. 1.  Words.  As dangerous temptations always threaten, the same instructions are frequently inculcated.  W.

 

Ver. 5.  Thine.  But another's.  v. 19.  Give thy heart to wisdom, that it may be guarded against impure love.

 

Ver. 6.  Lattice.  No glass was used, on account of the great heat.  C.

 

Ver. 7.  Ones.  Not in age, but prudence.  M.

 

Ver. 10.  Attire.  Covered with a veil, (Gen. xxxviii. 15.) though different from that of honest women.  C. --- The wanton are commonly the most gaudy; nullarum fere pretiosior cultus est quam quarum pudor vilis est.  S. Cyp. de Habitu. --- Prepared, &c.  Heb. "guarded," (C.) or "subtle of heart."  Prot. "who makes the hearts of youths take flight."  Sept.  Cant. vi. 4.  H.

 

Ver. 11.  Not...quiet.  Is not in Heb.  C. --- "She is loud and stubborn, her feet abide not in her house."  Prot.  H. --- Chaste women are guarded in their speech, and keep at home.  M.

 

Ver. 14.  Prosperity.  Or thy welfare, (Corn. a Lap.  T.) so great is my love for thee.  M. --- Vows.  And therefore I have a feast prepared.  People might carry home the greatest part of the victim to eat, if they were clean.  Lev. vii. 29.  C.

 

Ver. 16.  Cords.  For greater ease, instead of boards, (M.) or the curtains are hung with precious cords from Egypt.  C.

 

Ver. 17.  Aloes.  Of Syria, (Jo. xix. 39.) different from ours.  Num. xxxiv. 6.  C.

 

Ver. 18.  Inebriated.  Prot. "take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves."  H. --- This passion is a sort of intoxication.  M.

 

Ver. 19.  My.  Lit. "the man."  H. --- She speaks thus out of contempt.  C.

 

Ver. 20.  The day.  Sept. "after many days."  Heb. "at the day concealed," or when the people will dwell under tents, (Chal.  C.) or "at the new moon," when it does not appear.  Piscat. --- He will not return for a long time, so that we need apprehend no danger from him.  M.

 

Ver. 22.  Lamb.  Prot. "fool to the correction of the stocks," (H.) or "like a shackle (√°bs.) for the chastisement of a fool."  Mont. --- Interpreters have read different words.  C. --- Sinners who have given way to temptations, are as inconsiderate as oxen, or birds which hasten to their own ruin.  W.

 

Ver. 26.  Her.  Solomon gave a melancholy proof of this, as well as David, and Amnon.  C.

 

Ver. 27.  Death.  There can be no precaution too great.  c. ii. 18.  C.

 

 








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