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Proverbs 27:14

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If someone blesses 1  his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, 2  it will be counted as a curse to him. 3 

XREF

2Sa 15:2-7; 2Sa 16:16-19; 2Sa 17:7-13; 1Ki 22:6,13; Jer 28:2-4; Ac 12:22,23

NET © Notes

tn The verse begins with the Piel participle from בָּרַךְ (barach). It could be taken as the subject, with the resulting translation: “Blessing…will be counted as a curse.” However, that would be rather awkward. So it is preferable to take the first line as the condition (“if someone blesses”) and the second as the consequence (“[then] it will be counted”).

tn Heb “rising early in the morning” (so KJV, ASV). The infinitive explains the verb “bless,” giving the circumstances of its action. The individual rises early to give his blessing.

sn The point of the proverb is that loud and untimely greetings are not appreciated. What was given as a “blessing” will be considered a “curse” – the two words being antonyms. The proverb makes the point that how, when, and why they say what they say is important too (D. Kidner, Proverbs [TOTC], 166).



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