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Proverbs 22:29

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Do you see a person skilled 1  in his work? He will take his position before kings; he will not take his position 2  before obscure people. 3 

XREF

1Ki 11:28; Pr 10:4; Pr 12:24; Ec 9:10; Mt 25:21,23; Ro 12:11; 2Ti 4:2

NET © Notes

sn The word translated “skilled” is general enough to apply to any crafts; but it may refer to a scribe or an official (R. N. Whybray, Proverbs [CBC], 134).

tn The verb form used twice here is יִתְיַצֵּב (yityatsev), the Hitpael imperfect of יָצַב (yatsav), which means “to set or station oneself; to take one’s stand” in this stem. With the form לִפְנֵי (life) it means “to present oneself before” someone; so here it has the idea of serving as a courtier in the presence of a king.

sn The fifth saying affirms that true skill earns recognition and advancement (cf. Instruction of Amenemope, chap. 30, 27:16-17 [ANET 424]).



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