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Proverbs 21:26

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21:26 All day long he craves greedily, 1 

but the righteous gives and does not hold back. 2 

Proverbs 23:17

Context

23:17 Do not let your heart envy 3  sinners,

but rather be zealous in fearing the Lord 4  all the time.

1 tn The construction uses the Hitpael perfect tense הִתְאַוָּה (hitavvah) followed by the cognate accusative תַאֲוָה (taavah). It describes one who is consumed with craving for more. The verse has been placed with the preceding because of the literary connection with “desire/craving.”

2 sn The additional clause, “and does not hold back,” emphasizes that when the righteous gives he gives freely, without fearing that his generosity will bring him to poverty. This is the contrast with the one who is self-indulgent and craves for more.

3 tn The verb in this line is אַל־יְקַנֵּא (’al-yÿqanne’), the Piel jussive negated. The verb means “to be jealous, to be zealous”; it describes passionate intensity for something. In English, if the object is illegitimate, it is called “envy”; if it is correct, it is called “zeal.” Here the warning is not to envy the sinners. The second colon could use the verb in the positive sense to mean “but rather let your passion burn for the fear of the Lord.”

4 tn Heb “the fear of the Lord.” This expression features an objective genitive: “fearing the Lord.”



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