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Proverbs 15:31

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15:31 The person 1  who hears the reproof that leads to life 2 

is at home 3  among the wise. 4 

Proverbs 25:12

Context

25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, 5 

so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens. 6 

1 tn Heb “ear” (so KJV, NRSV). The term “ear” is a synecdoche of part (= ear) for the whole (= person).

2 tn “Life” is an objective genitive: Reproof brings or preserves life. Cf. NIV “life-giving rebuke”; NLT “constructive criticism.”

3 tn Heb “lodges.” This means to live with, to be at home with.

4 sn The proverb is one full sentence; it affirms that a teachable person is among the wise.

5 sn This saying is another example of emblematic parallelism; the first half is the simile, and the second half makes the point from it: A wise rebuke that is properly received is of lasting value. The rebuke in the ear of an obedient student is like ornaments of fine jewelry.

6 tn The “ear of the listener” refers to the obedient disciple, the one who complies with the reproof he hears. Cf. KJV, ASV, NAB “an obedient ear.”



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