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Proverbs 25:9

Context
NETBible

When you argue a case 1  with your neighbor, do not reveal the secret of another person, 2 

XREF

Pr 11:13; Pr 20:19; Mt 18:5-17

NET © Notes

tn The verse begins with the direct object רִיבְךָ (ribkha, “your case”) followed by the imperative from the same root, רִיב (riv, “argue”). It is paralleled by the negated Piel jussive. The construction of the clauses indicates that the first colon is foundational to the second: “Argue…but do not reveal,” or better, “When you argue…do not reveal.”

sn The concern is that in arguing with one person a secret about another might be divulged, perhaps deliberately in an attempt to clear oneself. The point then is about damaging a friendship by involving the friend without necessity or warrant in someone else’s quarrel.



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