New Defender's Study Bible Notes
20:1 strong drink is raging. So-called social drinking by Christians believers is difficult to justify in the context of such clear warnings as this. See also Proverbs 23:29-32.
20:6 faithful man. This verse is a striking commentary on human nature. Faithfulness is a precious jewel, but self-righteousness is common clay.
20:10 Divers weights. See note on Proverbs 16:11; also see Proverbs 11:1; 20:23.
20:11 Even a child. It is never too early to begin training a child in right and wrong and even explaining the way of salvation.
20:12 hath made even both. It is nonsense to think that such marvelously complex systems as eyes and ears could ever evolve by chance. The Lord alone is our Maker!
20:27 spirit of man. The human “spirit” (Hebrew neshamah) has been imparted directly to man by God Himself (Genesis 2:7), and is part of the “image of God” (Genesis 1:27). That image is severely marred by sin, but is still there, serving as God’s “candle” to illuminate his thoughts and enable him to respond in saving faith to God’s provision of salvation and restoration.
20:30 cleanseth away evil. The translation here is difficult, and this verse has sometimes been misused to justify heavy flogging of sinners. The essence, however, seems to be an analogy. As the infection in a wound is cleansed by the blood flowing through it, so God’s chastening (or a father’s chastening) will, if rightly applied, remove evil thoughts and behavior from the life.