or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.
or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
Bad temper is contagious--don't get infected.
For fear of learning his ways and making a net ready for your soul.
or you may learn their ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
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|NET © Notes||
1 tn The verb פֶּן־תֶּאֱלַף (pen-te’elaf) is translated “lest you learn.” The idea is more precisely “become familiar with his ways.” The construction indicates that if one associates with such people he will become like them (cf. TEV “you might learn their habits”).
2 sn The warning in this proverb is to avoid associating with a hothead because his influence could be fatal (a similar idea is found in the Instruction of Amenemope, chap. 9, 11:13-14 [ANET 423]).