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HAYDOCK CATHOLIC BIBLE COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT



ECCLESIASTICUS 8

 

CHAPTER VIII.

 

Ver. 2.  Bring.  Gr. "overweigh thee," (H.) or turn the balance of the judge (C.) against thee, by  money, (H.) which sometimes will corrupt kings.  It is better, therefore, to avoid all law-suits.  W.

 

Ver. 4.  Fire.  v. 13.  Prov. xxvi. 20.  Such contests are full of danger.

 

Ver. 5.  Family.  Or "ancestors."  They will be accused of having neglected thy education.  People generally associate with those of the like dispositions.

 

Ver. 13.  Sinners.  Gr. "a sinner, lest thou be burnt in the fire of his flame, when he shall be enraged.  H. --- This is not the time for reprehension.  C. --- The envoys of Ezechias prudently answered nothing to Rabsaces.  S. Jer. in Is. xxxvi. --- Useless correction must be avoided.  M.

 

Ver. 14.  Words.  Thus the Pharisees attacked our Saviour.  Matt. xxii. 15.  In popular assemblies it is dangerous, but sometimes requisite to oppose bold declaimers.  C. ix. 25.

 

Ver. 16.  Power.  Thou must consider the debt as thy own.  Prov. vi. 1.  C.

 

Ver. 20.  Love.  Gr. "keep the word secret.  21) Do no hidden thing before a stranger."  H. --- The skilful alone must be consulted.  W.

 

Ver. 22.  Evil.  Gr. "false kindness."  The rest is omitted.  H. --- Samson was undone by Dalilia.  When Pompey was going on an embassy, he was taken by king Gentius, who wished to extort his secret from him; but he put his finger in the flame of a candle, that he might see that all his attempts would be fruitless.  V. Max. iii. 3.

 

 








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