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Proverbs 22:18


22:18 For it is pleasing if 1  you keep these sayings 2  within you,

and 3  they are ready on your lips. 4 

Proverbs 22:21


22:21 to show you true and reliable words, 5 

so that you may give accurate answers 6  to those who sent you?

1 tn Or “when” (so NIV).

2 tn Heb “keep them,” referring to the words of the wise expressed in these sayings. The referent has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn The term “and” does not appear in the Hebrew but is supplied in the translation.

4 sn If the teachings are preserved in the heart/mind of the disciple, then that individual will always be ready to speak what was retained.

5 tn Heb “to cause you to know the truth of words of truth” (NASB similar).

6 tn Heb “to return true words”; NAB “a dependable report”; NIV “sound answers.”

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