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Proverbs 1:25-26

Context

1:25 because 1  you neglected 2  all my advice,

and did not comply 3  with my rebuke,

1:26 so 4  I myself will laugh 5  when disaster strikes you, 6 

I will mock when what you dread 7  comes,

Proverbs 1:30

Context

1:30 they did not comply with my advice,

they spurned 8  all my rebuke.

1 tn Heb “and.”

2 tn The verb III פָּרַע means “to let go; to let alone” (BDB 828 s.v.). It can refer to unkempt hair of the head (Lev 10:6) or lack of moral restraint: “to let things run free” (Exod 32:25; Prov 28:19). Here it means “to avoid, neglect” the offer of wisdom (BDB 829 s.v. 2).

3 tn The verbs are characteristic perfects or indefinite pasts. For the word “comply, consent,” see 1:20.

4 tn The conclusion or apodosis is now introduced.

5 sn Laughing at the consequences of the fool’s rejection of wisdom does convey hardness against the fool; it reveals the folly of rejecting wisdom (e.g., Ps 2:4). It vindicates wisdom and the appropriateness of the disaster (D. Kidner, Proverbs [TOTC], 60).

6 tn Heb “at your disaster.” The 2nd person masculine singular suffix is either (1) a genitive of worth: “the disaster due you” or (2) an objective genitive: “disaster strikes you.” The term “disaster” (אֵיד, ’ed) often refers to final life-ending calamity (Prov 6:15; 24:22; BDB 15 s.v. 3). The preposition ב (bet) focuses upon time here.

7 tn Heb “your dread” (so NASB); KJV “your fear”; NRSV “panic.” The 2nd person masculine singular suffix is a subjective genitive: “that which you dread.”

8 tn The verb “spurned” (נָאַץ, naats) is parallel to “comply, accede to, be willing” (e.g., 1:10). This is how the morally stubborn fool acts (e.g., 15:5).



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