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Proverbs 5:10

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5:10 lest strangers devour 1  your strength, 2 

and your labor 3  benefit 4  another man’s house.

Proverbs 6:31

Context

6:31 Yet 5  if he is caught 6  he must repay 7  seven times over,

he might even have to give 8  all the wealth of his house.

1 tn Or “are sated, satisfied.”

2 tn The word כֹּחַ (coakh, “strength”) refers to what laborious toil would produce (so a metonymy of cause). Everything that this person worked for could become the property for others to enjoy.

3 tn “labor, painful toil.”

4 tn The term “benefit” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity and smoothness.

5 tn The term “yet” is supplied in the translation.

6 tn Heb “is found out.” The perfect tense with the vav (ו) consecutive is equivalent to the imperfect nuances. Here it introduces either a conditional or a temporal clause before the imperfect.

7 tn The imperfect tense has an obligatory nuance. The verb in the Piel means “to repay; to make restitution; to recompense”; cf. NCV, TEV, CEV “must pay back.”

8 tn This final clause in the section is somewhat cryptic. The guilty thief must pay back sevenfold what he stole, even if it means he must use the substance of his whole house. The verb functions as an imperfect of possibility: “he might even give.”



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