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(1.00) (Pro 21:20)

tn Heb “a fool of a man.”

(1.00) (Pro 26:4)

sn One should not answer a fool’s foolish questions in line with the fool’s mode of reasoning (J. H. Greenstone, Proverbs, 274).

(0.87) (Pro 15:7)

sn The phrase “the heart of fools” emphasizes that fools do not comprehend knowledge. Cf. NCV “there is no knowledge in the thoughts of fools.”

(0.83) (2Sa 13:13)

tn Heb “and you will be like one of the fools.”

(0.83) (Psa 74:22)

tn Heb “remember your reproach from a fool all the day.”

(0.83) (Pro 15:20)

tn Heb “a fool of a man,” a genitive of specification.

(0.83) (Pro 24:9)

tn Heb “to a man”; cf. CEV “Everyone hates senseless fools.”

(0.83) (Jer 17:11)

tn Heb “he will be [= prove to be] a fool.”

(0.71) (Psa 14:1)

tn Heb “a fool says in his heart.” The singular is used here in a collective or representative sense; the typical fool is envisioned.

(0.71) (Psa 53:1)

tn Heb “a fool says in his heart.” The singular is used here in a collective or representative sense; the typical fool is envisioned.

(0.71) (Pro 18:6)

tn Heb “calls for.” This is personification: What the fool says “calls for” a beating or flogging. The fool deserves punishment, but does not actually request it.

(0.71) (Pro 26:1)

sn The first twelve verses of this chapter, Prov 26:1-12, are sometimes called “the Book of Fools” because they deal with the actions of fools.

(0.71) (Pro 26:3)

sn A fool must be disciplined by force like an animal – there is no reasoning. The fool is as difficult to manage as the donkey or horse.

(0.71) (Pro 26:4)

sn The person who descends to the level of a fool to argue with him only looks like a fool as well.

(0.71) (Ecc 10:3)

sn A fool’s lack of wisdom is obvious to everyone, even when he is engaged in the simple, ordinary actions of life.

(0.67) (Psa 107:17)

tn Heb “fools [they were] because of the way of their rebellion.”

(0.67) (Pro 10:10)

tn Heb “the fool of lips”; cf. NASB “a babbling fool.” The phrase is a genitive of specification: “a fool in respect to lips.” The term “lips” is a metonymy of cause (= lips) for effect (= speech). The word for fool (אֶוִיל, ’evil) refers to someone who despises knowledge and discernment.

(0.67) (Pro 13:19)

tn Heb “an abomination of fools.” The noun כְּסִילִים (kÿsilim, “fools”) functions as a subjective genitive: “fools hate to turn away from evil” (cf. NAB, TEV, CEV). T. T. Perowne says: “In spite of the sweetness of good desires accomplished, fools will not forsake evil to attain it” (Proverbs, 103). Cf. Prov 13:12; 29:27.

(0.67) (Pro 14:33)

tn Heb “in the inner part”; ASV “in the inward part”; NRSV “in the heart of fools.”

(0.67) (Isa 35:8)

tn In this context “fools” are those who are morally corrupt, not those with limited intellectual capacity.



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