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JustinMT
Oct 12th 2014, 09:05 PM
Proverbs 16:21

The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.

Many of the proverbs are contrasts, and some are harmonies (i.e. the first line is either a good or bad notion; the second line is shown to be good or bad, respectively, by the use of the word "and"). Therefore, I conclude that "sweetness of speech" is a reflection of wisdom rather than a reflection of manipulation.

Now when I state that "many of the proverbs are contrasts, and some are harmonies", I draw this as a conclusion of what I am reading and not as a regurgitation of something I have been taught - hence the question. The fact that many proverbs contain contrasts is obvious, but "harmonies" is my own invention.

Any thoughts on the validity of "harmonies"?

ewq1938
Oct 16th 2014, 09:32 PM
That translation really changes what the KJV says:


Pro 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
vs
Pro 16:21 The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.




Proverbs 16:21


Many of the proverbs are contrasts, and some are harmonies (i.e. the first line is either a good or bad notion; the second line is shown to be good or bad, respectively, by the use of the word "and"). Therefore, I conclude that "sweetness of speech" is a reflection of wisdom rather than a reflection of manipulation.

Now when I state that "many of the proverbs are contrasts, and some are harmonies", I draw this as a conclusion of what I am reading and not as a regurgitation of something I have been taught - hence the question. The fact that many proverbs contain contrasts is obvious, but "harmonies" is my own invention.

Any thoughts on the validity of "harmonies"?

JustinMT
Oct 26th 2014, 05:27 PM
I got the answer to my question in church today. The old testament uses "parallelisms" to help the reader understand what is written. So now I need to learn about different types parallelisms to help me understand the proverbs.