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Answer not a fool, or answer a fool?

I think the thing which is causing you to see a contradiction is the use of the imperative. Rephrase using conditionals: If you answer a fool according to his folly, you risk becoming like him. ...
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Is Proverbs 17:8 condoning bribery?

TL;DR: Bribes that pervert justice are condemned, but gifts which curry favour are allowed and sometimes even a sign of wisdom. שׁחד The Hebrew word for 'bribe' in these verses is the root שׁחד (...
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What is the meaning behind Proverbs 27:14 Loudly blessing a neighbor early in the morning, will be taken as a curse

Blessings crown the head of the righteous (Proverbs 10:6) and are gifts from God. God blesses those who obey Him and curses those who disobey Him (Deuteronomy 11:27-28). In the Bible there are many ...
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What is the meaning behind Proverbs 27:14 Loudly blessing a neighbor early in the morning, will be taken as a curse

Some Christian friends of mine had a house next door to some retired Christians. The retired Christians would go in their backgarden early every morning to loudly sing God's praises. This included ...
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Answer not a fool, or answer a fool?

The contradiction is intended, and rhetorical—and present in the Hebrew. However, there may be a slight play on the use of the preposition כ which means "according to, like" as in "according to his ...
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Proverbs 18:22's grossly oversimplified, glib, nonchalant view about getting married

Here's a more positive way to look at Proverbs 18:22. Proverbs 18 is an anthology of traditional sayings for a variety of different circumstances that are not elucidated in the text itself because at ...
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Help identifying this Hebrew word: "lesh," meaning "narcissistic"?

The Hebrew word you are looking for is לֵץ. However, according to the Academy of the Hebrew Language (established in 1953),1 the Hebrew word לֵץ should be transliterated into English as lets, not lesh....
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In Proverbs 30:20 what is so evil about a woman wiping her mouth after she eats?

The idea of the verses 18-20 speaks about things that won't leave any "tracks" after they act: the eagle in the sky, the snake on the rocks, the ship in the water and relations between man and woman ( ...
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What is the context of Proverbs 7:17?

Context can be said to start earlier on, where the young man is being exhorted to pursue wisdom, and to walk in God's ways. For example: "It will save you also from the adulteress, from the ...
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What does "Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil" (Proverbs 15:16) mean?

Better to be: monetarily poor and have the peace of mind which comes from fearing the Lord than to: have great monetary wealth but be in emotional turmoil trying to manage life on your own because ...
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Proverbs 18:22's grossly oversimplified, glib, nonchalant view about getting married

I liked the other answers and have upvoted; this answer is not intended to compete with them but to complement them. Passages like Prov 18:22 appear glib and simplistic, somewhat akin to a motherhood ...
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Why do some Bible translations differ on how Proverbs 16:31 is translated?

You will notice here that the word "if" is not explicitly present in the Hebrew. However, the meaning of the verse implies a condition. The verse describes the condition under which the ...
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Proverbs 26:10 - Are modern translations right to involve an 'archer'?

This has been called "The Most Obscure Verse in Proverbs". Textual and/or translational uncertainties involve nearly every word in the verse1 and they are to some extent inseparable if we want to end ...
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Does Proverbs 8:22 say that God's wisdom was the first person/thing that God created?

Is "possessed me" the proper translation... Or is "made me" the correct translation... ? Believe it or not, there is little difference between (ancient) Greek (the language of the ...
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Regarding Proverbs 15:3 - How many Eyes (עֵינֵ֣י) does God have?

The phrase "eyes of the LORD" in the OT is frequent and denotes several things including: God's omniscience; Prov 22:12, 2 Chron 16:9 God's righteous judgement of actions; Amos 9:8, 1 Kings ...
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What is the meaning behind Proverbs 27:14 Loudly blessing a neighbor early in the morning, will be taken as a curse

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" (Sigmund Freud) while all the answers are biblically insightful, doing anything loudly in the morning is generally frowned upon. If I really needed to mow ...
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What is the proper translation of Proverbs 22:6?

The Idea in Brief The Masoretic Text for this passage contains marginalia written in Palestinian Aramaic which will cue the reader to understand the verse according to how the Masoretic scholars ...
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Does Proverbs 8:22 say that God's wisdom was the first person/thing that God created?

From "The Songs of the Witnesses" : From everlasting was I poured, from when all did begin, or ever earth was. When there were no depths to be within - Then was I brought forth, when no ...
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Does Proverbs 8:22 say that God's wisdom was the first person/thing that God created?

The Pauline dictum about the "killing letter" and "vivifying Spirit" is appropriate to first think about the principles of exegesis, for a theologian should not be enslaved by the letter of any text, ...
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In what way do her breasts satisfy the husband of Proverbs 5:19

Throughout the Bible, the Hebrew idiom of touching or fondling breast is a thinly disguised euphemism for sexual intimacy of the foreplay thereto. Here is a sample: SS 4:5 - Your breasts are like ...
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What is the context of Proverbs 7:17?

Bathing was much less frequent in the ancient middle east and people often wore and used large amounts of various perfumes to disguise personal odour. This became especially important when people ...
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Translation of Proverbs 14:14

This is indeed a difficult verse. מדרכיו From his ways ישבע he will be filled* סוג לב [the one of] backslidden heart ומעליו but from on it/him [will be filled] איש ...
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What does Proverbs 23:10 mean regarding the prohibited entry in "Fields of Orphans"?

To understand this important instruction it is necessary to recall how ancient Israelite land and property was delineated. Each family/clan had an allocated piece of land to work and from which to ...
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