Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 7:23

Context
NETBible

till an arrow pierces his liver 1  – like a bird hurrying into a trap, and he does not know that it will cost him his life. 2 

XREF

Nu 25:8,9; Pr 1:17; Pr 9:18; Ec 9:12

NET © Notes

sn The figure of an arrow piercing the liver (an implied comparison) may refer to the pangs of a guilty conscience that the guilty must reap along with the spiritual and physical ruin that follows (see on these expressions H. W. Wolff, Anthropology of the Old Testament).

tn The expression that it is “for/about/over his life” means that it could cost him his life (e.g., Num 16:38). Alternatively, the line could refer to moral corruption and social disgrace rather than physical death – but this would not rule out physical death too.



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