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Proverbs 23:9

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23:9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool, 1 

for he will despise the wisdom of your words. 2 

Proverbs 23:12

Context

23:12 Apply 3  your heart to instruction

and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:23

Context

23:23 Acquire 4  truth and do not sell it –

wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.

1 sn The mention of “the ears” emphasizes the concerted effort to get the person’s undivided attention. However, a fool rejects instruction and discipline.

2 sn Saying number nine indicates that wisdom is wasted on a fool. The literature of Egypt has no specific parallel to this one.

3 tn Heb “bring.” The Hiphil imperative “come; enter” means “to apply the heart,” to use the heart or mind in the process. The same would be true in the second half: “to bring the ears” would mean to listen very carefully. Cf. TEV “Pay attention.”

4 tn Heb “buy” (so KJV, NASB, NIV, NLT); CEV “Invest in truth.”

sn The sixteenth saying is an instruction to buy/acquire the kind of life that pleases God and brings joy to parents. “Getting truth” would mean getting training in the truth, and getting wisdom and understanding would mean developing the perception and practical knowledge of the truth.



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