In the Proverbs segment this week, we considered several sayings that seemed to contradict each other. Wisdom is contextual, so that makes sense: one size does not necessarily fit all. Well, in this out-take, we're going to look at a single saying with at least two different possible readings!

proverbial ambiguity

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It's no accident that conflicting proverbs appear consecutively in the text, nor that very general themes can be observed in close proximity. While large swathes of Proverbs initially appear scattershot or random, it doesn't take a lot of reading to see that these collections of sayings are carefully curated.

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Proverbs 17