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SCRIPTURE PROVERBS,

Ellustrated, Annotated, and Applied.

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SCRIPTURE PROVERBS,

ILLUSTRATED,

ANNOTATED, AND APPLIED.

BY

FRANCIS JACOX,

AUTHOR OF

'AT NIGHTFALL AND MIDNIGHT,' 'TRAITS OF CHARACTER, ETC.

Καί τινες έλεγαν: Τι αν θέλoι ο σπερμολόγος ούτος λέγειν ; (And some said,
What will this babbler (seed-picker, grain-gatherer) say ?)-Acts xvii. 18.
Και είπεν αυτοίς: Υμείς οίδατε τον άνδρα και την άδολεσχίαν αυτού (And
he said unto them, Ye know the man and his communication). —2 Kings
ix. II (LXX.).

New York:
T. WHITTAKER,

No. 2, BIBLE HOUSE.

MDCCCLXXVI.

KE 6164

HRVARD UNivea'TY LIBRARY

064*219

PREFACE.

TH

HE title at first thought of for this book

was Scripture Saws and Modern Instances. But modern' no longer has the same meaning as in Shakspeare's time; and 'saws,' however good an old word in itself, might to some appear to smack of levity as applied to holy writ. So the present title was fixed upon, instead.

Proverbs, in a precisely defined sense, or at least in the commonly accepted and approved sense, perhaps only a spare and sparse minority of the texts in this volume can properly be called. But the same thing may virtually be said of a large part of the canonical Book of Proverbs itself, and from it most of them are taken. The first two chapters are concerned with examples of the popular saw or adage, cited in Scripture as such ; the third, on Heaviness for a Night, treats of a verse which, though not in form or design a proverb, may be regarded as one in all practical effect

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