Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 13:9

Context
NETBible

The light 1  of the righteous shines brightly, 2  but the lamp 3  of the wicked goes out. 4 

XREF

1Ki 11:36; Job 18:5,6; Job 21:17; Ps 97:11; Ps 112:4; Pr 4:18; Pr 20:20; Pr 24:20; Isa 50:10,11; Mt 22:13; Mt 25:8

NET © Notes

sn The images of “light” and “darkness” are used frequently in scripture. Here “light” is an implied comparison: “light” represents life, joy, and prosperity; “darkness” signifies adversity and death. So the “light of the righteous” represents the prosperous life of the righteous.

tn The verb יִשְׂמָח (yismah) is normally translated “to make glad; to rejoice.” But with “light” as the subject, it has the connotation “to shine brightly” (see G. R. Driver, “Problems in the Hebrew Text of Proverbs,” Bib 32 [1951]: 180).

sn The lamp is an implied comparison as well, comparing the life of the wicked to a lamp that is going to be extinguished.

tc The LXX adds, “Deceitful souls go astray in sins, but the righteous are pitiful and merciful.”

tn The verb דָּעַךְ (daakh) means “to go out [in reference to a fire or lamp]; to be extinguished.” The idea is that of being made extinct, snuffed out (cf. NIV, NLT). The imagery may have been drawn from the sanctuary where the flame was to be kept burning perpetually. Not so with the wicked.



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