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Proverbs 4:14-15


4:14 Do not enter the path of the wicked

or walk 1  in the way of those who are evil.

4:15 Avoid it, do not go on it;

turn away from it, and go on. 2 

1 tn The verb אָשַׁר (’ashar, “to walk”) is not to be confused with the identically spelled homonym אָשַׁר “to pronounce happy” as in BDB 80 s.v. אָשַׁר.

2 sn The verb עָבַר (’avar, “to cross over; to travel through”) ends both cola. In the first it warns against going on wrong paths; in the second it means “to go your own way,” but may hint that the way will cross over the wrong way. The rapid sequence of commands stresses the urgency of the matter.

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