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To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:6 interpretation. This is not the usual word for “interpretation.” It is used elsewhere only in Habakkuk 2:6, where it is translated “taunting,” or “satirical.” This suggests that Proverbs may have sharp, sometimes sarcastic, implications in order to make a point more effectively. Proverbs may even take the form of “dark sayings”—that is, “conundrums.”

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