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  • Proverbs 16:21 - Contrasts & Harmonies

    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 "m
    any 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"?
    Last edited by JustinMT; Oct 12th 2014, 11:15 PM. Reason: common font size

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    Re: Proverbs 16:21 - Contrasts & Harmonies

    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.



    Originally posted by JustinMT View Post
    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 "m
    any 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"?
    James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

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      Re: Proverbs 16:21 - Contrasts & Harmonies

      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.

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