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Proverbs 27:20

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27:20 As 1  Death and Destruction are never satisfied, 2 

so the eyes of a person 3  are never satisfied. 4 

1 tn The term “as” is not in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation in light of the analogy.

2 sn Countless generations of people have gone into the world below; yet “death” is never satisfied – it always takes more. The line personifies Death and Destruction. It forms the emblem in the parallelism.

3 tn Heb “eyes of a man.” This expression refers to the desires – what the individual looks longingly on. Ecclesiastes Rabbah 1:34 (one of the rabbinic Midrashim) says, “No man dies and has one-half of what he wanted.”

4 tc The LXX contains a scribal addition: “He who fixes his eye is an abomination to the Lord, and the uninstructed do not restrain their tongues.” This is unlikely to be original.



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