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I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

49:4 parable...dark saying. The Hebrew word for “parable” is the same as for “proverb,” meaning a pithy saying. A “dark saying” refers to a more enigmatic saying. Both terms are deemed applicable to this discussion of both the certainty and mystery of death.

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