He that winks with the eye causes trouble: but a prating fool shall fall.
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Clement Of Alexandria
It follows that we must move rapidly to matters concerning what they call the standard educational curriculum, showing the extent of its usefulness, and concerning astrology, mathematics, magic and wizardry. The whole of Greece prides itself on these as supreme sciences: “Anyone who speaks openly to refute error is a peacemaker.” ..
Sorrow. Septuagint add, "to men as well as to himself. "(Calmet)
"But he who chides boldly shall make peace "(Haydock) or "work safety "as the Syriac and Arabic also read, instead of Hebrew, "a prating fool shall fall. ""When a man connives at his friend's failings. The offender is encouraged to sin on, and to heap up matter for very sorrowful reflections; but the man, who with an honest freedom, prudently reproves him, most effectually contrives his honour and safety. "The consequences of a virtuous and a vicious friendship, seem to be also expressed in the next verse. Thus the latter hemistic generally illustrates the first. But here, part of ver. 8. may be improperly inserted. The two parts of the verses in Proverbs, being arranged in distinct columns, has occasioned sometimes a part, and sometimes a whole verse, to be omitted, as the transcriber might mistake the line. (Kennicott)
Absalom was a treacherous man and “stole all men’s hearts.” Observe how great was his treachery. It is recorded, “He went about, and said ‘Have you no judgment?’ ” wishing to conciliate everyone to himself. But David was guileless. What then? Look at the end of them both, look, how full of utter madness was the former! For inasmuch as he looked solely to the hurt of his father, in all other things he was blinded. But not so David. For “he that walks uprightly, walks securely.”