The Daily Study Bible Series: Proverbs The complete Daily Study Bible—Old Testament follows the brilliant pattern of William Barclay's popular Daily Study Bible—New Testament. Written by accomplished interpreters of the OT, these volumes combine the depth of scholarship, the critical style, and the grace that characterized Barclay's writing.
“Second, he does not think that he has anything to learn about wisdom anyhow” (Page 97)
“Taken at face value, verses 6–7 rather cynically approve drowning one’s sorrows in a wine glass, and seeking relief from misery in a drunken stupor. Some commentators think that it is the use of wine as a medicine or restorative that is being commended. While the wise did recognize its medicinal value, it is hard to believe that the verses are speaking about a little wine for the stomach’s sake. Perhaps significantly, the verb ‘give’ is plural; so that the instruction is not being specifically addressed to Lemuel.” (Pages 219–220)
“Three kinds of fools pass before her eyes (v.22)—characters who still rub shoulders in any busy street or city centre. (1) The ‘simple’ is the inexperienced and gullible youth we met in 1:4. (2) The ‘scoffer’ is the person who is arrogant and self-opinionated, and always ready to debunk the views and beliefs of others. In Ps. 1:1 he takes his seat in company with the wicked and sinners. (3) The ‘fool’” (Pages 21–22)