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For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

4:3 my father’s son. If, as suggested in the footnote to Proverbs 1:1, the first nine chapters of Proverbs were actually written by David for his son Solomon, then Proverbs 4:3-9 may give an insight into the character and teachings of David’s father Jesse, possibly illuminating God’s reason for calling one of Jesse’s sons to play such a vital role in human history.

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