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descended to Methuselah and then to Noah, who preserved them in the ark during the period of the flood. Then Ham stole them and kept them hidden for a long time. Finally Han gave them to his son Cush, who in turn presented them to Nimrod. As the garments made their wearer invincible and irresistible, Nimrod was able to overcome all the beasts of the forest and every human antagonist and finally to triumph over the King of Babylon. Ruling in his place, he extended
his sway until he became sovereign of the world. Nimrod was said to be very wicked and tried to
lead others into evil ways. In this he was assisted by his son Mardon, in whose day men began to use the phrase: “Out of the wicked cometh forth
wickedness,” which afterwards became a proverb. See further notes on Nimrod under Proverbs
Suggested by the Scriptures.
Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah; but they that
deal truly are his delight. (Prov. xii : 22). Out of the wicked cometh forth wickedness. (1 Sam.
xxiv : 13).
proverbs quoted above: "Like Nimrod, a
accustomed to do evil." This proverb, sometimes quoted, "Wickedness
proceedeth from the wicked," is said to be the oldest proverb on record.
Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before
a fall. (Prov. xvi :18).
and shame cometh after.' “Pride breakfasted
companion had a fall together." "The lofty are apt to fall." “There is no pride without humiliation." (Welsh). “Pride leads to the destruction of men. (Hebrew). “Pride will
have a fall.” (English, German, Danish).
- Benjamin Franklin.
W. D. Rosecommon. See Bible Proverbs—New Testament: “He that
exalteth himself shall be humbled, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted," and Proverbs Suggested by the Bible: “Pride will have a fall."
Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to
any people. (Prov. xiv : 34). Skin for skin. (Job ii : 4).
This proverbial expression was quoted by Satan
and emphasized by the added clause, “All that a
man hath will he give for his life.” The argument used by the adversary was that Job,
like other men, would willingly relinquish all that he possessed rather than part with his life; therefore were Jehovah to touch his bone and flesh he would at once renounce his allegiance.
The ear that harkeneth to the reproof of life shall abide
among the wise. (Prov. xv : 31).
The days are prolonged and every vision faileth. (Ezek.
xii : 22).
The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's
teeth are set on edge. (Ezek. xviii : 2).
See Jer. xxxi : 29, 30.
censure upon divine justice which Jehovah
The full soul loathed a honeycomb, but to the hungry
soul every bitter thing is sweet. (Prov. xxvii : 7).
"A man who wants bread is ready for anything,
“Hunger makes hard beans soft.” (English).
ness in our Saviour's sermons, than in the white
of an egg, or a dry chip.”—John Trapp. Dr. Toy thinks that this proverb may be “an
allusion to praise and congratulation which may be nauseous to him who has much of it, grateful to him to whom it rarely comes.'
The glory of young men is their strength; and the beauty of
old men is the hoary head. (Prov. xx : 29).
The heart knoweth its own bitterness; and a stranger doth
not intermeddle with its joy. (Prov. xiv : 10).
The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth
shall be watered also himself. (Prov. xi : 25).
There are many devices in a man's heart; but the counsel
of Jehovah, that shall stand. (Prov. xix : 21).
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the
end thereof are the ways of death. (Prov. xiv :
right for forty-nine of them, and because it is
It is the last mile that dips down into bottomless abysses.”—Joseph Parker.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous
are bold as a lion. (Prov. xxviii : 1).
They shall surely ask counsel at Abel. (II Sam. xx : 18).
Abel-beth-maacah (Abel of the house of Maacah)
was situated in upper Galilee west of Tell-elkadi. At one time it was celebrated for the wisdom of its inhabitants.
Walk with the wise men and thou shalt be wise; but the
companion of fools shall smart for it. (Prov. xiii : 20).
What is the straw to the wheat? (Jer. xxiii : 28).
by the strength of the ox. (Prov. xiv : 4). Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth
a stone, it shall return upon him. (Prov. xxvi : 27). He who digs a pit with malicious intent shall fall
therein and he who rolls a stone up a hill that it may descend on the person or property of his enemy will find that it will return on his own head and crush him.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whosoever
erreth thereby is not wise. (Prov. xx : I).
THE NEW TESTAMENT
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Gal. v :9).
See Josh. vii : 1-26; II Ki. xxi : 2–17; Eccles, ix : 18;
Matt. xiii : 33; and I Cor. v :6. “One spoonful of vinegar will soon tart a great
deal of sweet milk; but a great deal of milk will
flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth
iv : 44•
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country
and among his own kin and in his own house. (Mark,
See Matt. xiii : 57; Mark vi : 4; Luke iv : 24; John
they (the brothers of Jesus) came over to His cause, during His ministry the Lord's brothers not merely rejected His claims but sneered at them; and once they went so far as to pronounce Him mad and attempt to lay hands on Him and hale Him home to Nazareth, illustrating the proverb, so often on His lips, that ‘A prophet hath no honour among his own people.”—David
Smith, D.D. "Joseph when he began to be a prophet was hated by his brethren; David was disdained by his brother; Jeremiah was maligned by the men of