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Proverbs 12:8


A person 1  is praised in accordance with 2  his wisdom, but the one who has a twisted mind 3  is despised.


Ge 41:39; 1Sa 13:13; 1Sa 16:18; 1Sa 18:30; 1Sa 25:17; Ps 132:18; Pr 1:26; Pr 3:35; Pr 5:23; Ec 8:1; Da 12:2; Mal 2:8,9; Mt 27:4,5; Lu 12:42-44; Lu 16:8; Ac 12:23; 1Co 3:10-15; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 10:18

NET © Notes

tn Heb “a man.”

tn Heb “to the mouth of.” This idiom means “according to” (BDB 805 s.v. פֶּה 6.b.(b); cf. KJV, NAB, NIV). The point is that praise is proportionate to wisdom.

tn Heb “crooked of heart”; cf. NAB, NLT “a warped mind” (NIV similar). The noun לֵב (lev, “heart”) is an attributive genitive. It functions as a metonymy of association for “mind; thoughts” (BDB 524 s.v. 3) and “will; volition” (BDB 524 s.v. 4). He does not perceive things as they are, so he makes all the wrong choices. His thinking is all wrong.

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