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Proverbs 12:6

Context
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The words of the wicked lie in wait 1  to shed innocent blood, 2  but the words 3  of the upright will deliver them.

XREF

2Sa 17:1-4; Es 4:7-14; Es 7:4-6; Pr 1:11-19; Pr 14:3; Isa 59:7; Jer 5:26; Mic 7:1,2; Ac 23:12,15; Ac 25:3

NET © Notes

tn The infinitive construct אֱרָב (’erav, “to lie in wait”) expresses the purpose of their conversations. The idea of “lying in wait for blood” is an implied comparison (hypocatastasis): Their words are like an ambush intended to destroy (cf. NAB, NRSV “are a deadly ambush”). The words of the wicked are here personified.

tn Heb “for blood.” The term “blood” is a metonymy of effect, the cause being the person that they will attack and whose blood they will shed. After the construct “blood” is also an objective genitive.

tn Heb “mouth.” The term פֶּה (peh, “mouth”) is a metonymy of cause, signifying what the righteous say. The righteous can make a skillful defense against false accusations that are intended to destroy. The righteous, who have gained wisdom, can escape the traps set by the words of the wicked.



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