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Proverbs 29:19

Context
NETBible

A servant 1  cannot be corrected 2  by words, for although 3  he understands, there is no answer. 4 

XREF

Job 19:16; Pr 26:3; Pr 30:22

NET © Notes

sn Servants could not be corrected by mere words; they had to be treated like children for they were frequently unresponsive. This, of course, would apply to certain kinds of servants. The Greek version translated this as “a stubborn servant.”

tn The Niphal imperfect here is best rendered as a potential imperfect – “cannot be corrected.” The second line of the verse clarifies that even though the servant understands the words, he does not respond. It will take more.

tn Heb “for he understands, but there is no answer.” The concessive idea (“although”) is taken from the juxtaposition of the two parts.

sn To say “there is no answer” means that this servant does not obey – he has to be trained in a different way.



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