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Proverbs 21:22

Context
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The wise person 1  can scale 2  the city of the mighty and bring down the stronghold 3  in which they trust. 4 

XREF

2Sa 20:16-22; Ec 7:19; Ec 9:13-18

NET © Notes

tn Heb “The wise [one/man].”

tn The Qal perfect tense of עָלָה (’alah) functions in a potential nuance. Wisdom can be more effectual than physical strength.

sn In a war the victory is credited not so much to the infantry as to the tactician who plans the attack. Brilliant strategy wins wars, even over apparently insuperable odds (e.g., Prov 24:5-6; Eccl 9:13-16; 2 Cor 10:4).

tn Heb “and bring down the strength of its confidence.” The word “strength” is a metonymy of adjunct, referring to the place of strength, i.e., “the stronghold.” “Confidence” is a genitive of worth; the stronghold is their confidence, it is appropriate for the confidence of the city.



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