Proverbs 22:20
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English Standard Version
Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge,

King James Bible
Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

American Standard Version
Have not I written unto thee excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I have described it to thee three manner of ways, in thoughts and knowledge :

English Revised Version
Have not I written unto thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge;

Webster's Bible Translation
Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

14 A deep pit is the mouth of a strange woman;

     He that is cursed of God falleth therein.

The first line appears in a different form as a synonymous distich, Proverbs 23:27. The lxx translate στόμα παρανόμου without certainly indicating which word they here read, whether רע (Proverbs 4:14), or רשׁע (Proverbs 29:12), or נלוז (Proverbs 3:32). Proverbs 23:27 is adduced in support of זרות (vid., Proverbs 2:16); זנות (harlots) are meant, and it is not necessary thus to read with Ewald. The mouth of this strange woman or depraved Israelitess is a deep ditch (שׁוּחה עמקּה, otherwise עמקה, as Proverbs 23:27, where also occurs עמוּקה

(Note: The text to Immanuel's Comment. (Naples 1487) has in both instances עמוּקה.)

namely, a snare-pit into which he is enticed by her wanton words; the man who stands in fellowship with God is armed against this syren voice; but the 'זעוּם ה, i.e., he who is an object of the divine זעם (Venet. κεχολωμένος τῷ ὀντωτῇ), indignation, punishing evil with evil, falls into the pit, yielding to the seduction and the ruin. Schultens explains 'זעום ה by, is in quem despumat indignabundus; but the meaning despumat is not substantiated; זעם, cf. Arab. zaghm, is probably a word which by its sound denoted anger as a hollow roaring, and like pealing thunder. The lxx has, after Proverbs 22:14, three tedious moralizing lines.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place...

Cross References
Proverbs 8:6
Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right,

Ecclesiastes 12:10
The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.

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