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Proverbs 22:21

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22:21 to show you true and reliable words, 1 

so that you may give accurate answers 2  to those who sent you?

Proverbs 22:23

Context

22:23 for the Lord will plead their case 3 

and will rob those who are robbing 4  them.

1 tn Heb “to cause you to know the truth of words of truth” (NASB similar).

2 tn Heb “to return true words”; NAB “a dependable report”; NIV “sound answers.”

3 tn The construction uses the verb יָרִיב (yariv) with its cognate accusative. It can mean “to strive,” but here it probably means “to argue a case, plead a case” (cf. KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV). How the Lord will do this is not specified – either through righteous people or by direct intervention.

4 tn The verb קָבַע (qava’, “to rob; to spoil; to plunder”) is used here in both places to reflect the principle of talionic justice. What the oppressors did to the poor will be turned back on them by the Lord.



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