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Proverbs 30:5

Context
NETBible

Every word of God is purified; 1  he is like 2  a shield for those who take refuge in him. 3 

XREF

Ge 15:1; Ps 12:6; Ps 18:30; Ps 19:8; Ps 84:11; Ps 91:2; Ps 115:9-11; Ps 119:140; Ps 144:2; Ro 7:12; Jas 3:17

NET © Notes

sn The text here uses an implied comparison (a figure of speech known as hypocatastasis): It compares the perfection of every word from God with some precious metal that has been refined and purified (e.g., Ps 12:6). The point is that God’s word is trustworthy; it has no defects and flaws, nothing false or misleading. The second half of the verse explains the significance of this point – it is safe to trust the Lord.

tn The comparative “like” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is implied by the metaphor; it is supplied in the translation for the sake of clarity.

sn The line uses two more figures of speech to declare that God can be trusted for security and salvation. “Shield” is a simple metaphor – God protects. “Take refuge” is another implied comparison (hypocatastasis) – God provides spiritual rest and security for those who put their trust in him.



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