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Proverbs 29:3

Context
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The man 1  who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, 2  but whoever associates 3  with prostitutes wastes 4  his wealth. 5 

XREF

Pr 5:8-10; Pr 6:26; Pr 10:1; Pr 15:20; Pr 21:17,20; Pr 23:15,24,25; Pr 27:11; Pr 28:7,19; Lu 1:13-17; Lu 15:13,30

NET © Notes

tn Heb “a man.” Here “man” is retained in the translation because the second colon mentions prostitutes.

tn Or “causes his father to rejoice”; NAB “makes his father glad.”

tn The active participle רֹעֶה (roeh) is from the second root רָעָה (raah), meaning “to associate with.” The verb occurs only a few times, and mostly in the book of Proverbs. It is related to רֵעֶה (reeh, “friend; companion; fellow”). To describe someone as a “companion” or “friend” of prostitutes is somewhat euphemistic; it surely means someone who is frequently engaging the services of prostitutes.

tn The Hebrew verb יְאַבֶּד (yÿabbed) means “destroys”; it is the Piel imperfect of the verb that means “to perish.”

sn Wealth was seen as a sign of success and of God’s blessings, pretty much as it always has been. To be seen as honorable in the community meant one had acquired some substance and kept his reputation. It would be a disgrace to the family to have a son who squandered his money on prostitutes (e.g., Prov 5:10; 6:31).



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