Proverbs 24:32
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English Standard Version
Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.

King James Bible
Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

American Standard Version
Then I beheld, and considered well; I saw, and received instruction:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which when I had seen, I laid it up in my heart, and by the example I received instruction.

English Revised Version
Then I beheld, and considered well: I saw, and received instruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

Proverbs 24:32 Parallel
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Then follows a distich with the watchword נצחים:

26 He kisseth the lips

     Who for the end giveth a right answer.

The lxx, Syr., and Targ. translate: one kisseth the lips who, or: of those who...; but such a meaning is violently forced into the word (in that case the expression would have been שׂפתי משׁיב or שׂפתים משׁיבים). Equally impossible is Theodotion's χείλεσι καταφιληθήσεται, for ישּׁק cannot be the fut. Niph. Nor is it: lips kiss him who... (Rashi); for, to be thus understood, the word ought to have been למשׁיב. משׁיב is naturally to be taken as the subj., and thus it supplies the meaning: he who kisseth the lips giveth an excellent answer, viz., the lips of him whom the answer concerns (Jerome, Venet., Luther). But Hitzig ingeniously, "the words reach from the lips of the speaker to the ears of the hearer, and thus he kisses his ear with his lips." But since to kiss the ear is not a custom, not even with the Florentines, then a welcome answer, if its impression is to be compared to a kiss, is compared to a kiss on the lips. Hitzig himself translates: he commends himself with the lips who...; but נשׁק may mean to join oneself, Genesis 41:40, as kissing is equivalent to the joining of the lips; it does not mean intrans. to cringe. Rather the explanation: he who joins the lips together...; for he, viz., before reflecting, closed his lips together (suggested by Meri); but נשׁק, with שׂפתים, brings the idea of kissing, labra labris jungere, far nearer. This prevails against Schultens' armatus est (erit) labia, besides נשׁק, certainly, from the primary idea of connecting (laying together) (vid., Psalm 78:9), to equip (arm) oneself therewith; but the meaning arising from thence: with the lips he arms himself... is direct nonsense. Fleischer is essentially right, Labra osculatur (i.e., quasi osculum oblatum reddit) qui congrua respondet. Only the question has nothing to do with a kiss; but if he who asks receives a satisfactory answer, an enlightening counsel, he experiences it as if he received a kiss. The Midrash incorrectly remarks under דּברים נצחים, "words of merited denunciation," according to which the Syr. translates. Words are meant which are corresponding to the matter and the circumstances, and suitable for the end (cf. Proverbs 8:9). Such words are like as if the lips of the inquirer received a kiss from the lips of the answerer.

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considered it or set my heart

Job 7:17 What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set your heart on him?

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.

Luke 2:19,51 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart...

i looked

Deuteronomy 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shall you put evil away from among you...

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

1 Corinthians 10:6,11 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted...

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Proverbs 24:31
and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

Proverbs 24:33
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

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