Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 16:29

Context
NETBible

A violent person 1  entices 2  his neighbor, and leads him down a path that is terrible. 3 

XREF

1Sa 19:11,17; 1Sa 22:7-9; 1Sa 23:19-21; Ne 6:13; Pr 1:10-14; Pr 2:12-15; Pr 3:31; 2Pe 3:17

NET © Notes

tn Heb “man of violence.” He influences his friends toward violence. The term חָמָס (khamas, “violence”) often refers to sins against society, social injustices, and crimes.

tn The verb in the first colon is the Piel imperfect, and the form in the second is the Hiphil perfect; the first is a habitual imperfect, and the second a gnomic perfect. The first verb, “to persuade, seduce, entice,” is the metonymy of cause; the second verb, “to lead,” is the metonymy of effect, the two together forming the whole process.

tn Heb “not good” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV); NLT “a harmful path.” The expression “a way that is not good” is an example of tapeinosis – a deliberate understatement for the sake of emphasis: It is terrible. This refers to crime and violence. The understatement is used to warn people away from villains and to remind them to follow a good path.



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