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Proverbs 12

We start to see a number of proverbs that appear little more than statements of obvious fact. These are most likely figures of speech meant to apply quite broadly as parables of something deeper. 2,154 more words


Proverbs 11 (Part 2)

16. A gracious woman keeps honor, and the strong keep riches. This one is a little ambiguous and often mistranslated. The image is not a contrast between men and women, but a woman who either acts like a lady or tries to compete with men. 1,253 more words


Proverbs 11 (Part 1)

(This chapter in Proverbs is a little long with my commentary, so I won’t burden you with more than the first half. We’ll cover the second half later.) 1,120 more words


Proverbs 10

We begin with an early collection of proverbs Solomon heard or spoke himself. Scripture text is in italics.

1. A wise son makes a glad father; but a foolish son is the sorrow of his mother. 2,487 more words


From Athens to Jerusalem to the ivory tower

“The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” – Proverbs 4:7

I think it was Leo Strauss who quipped, “what has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” It’s not a sentiment that I agree with philosophically, but as a description of modern academia it feels quite apt. 344 more words

Fragments Of Culture

Ecclesiastes: Total Life

Last Friday I recommended an extremely readable but textually faithful overview of Ecclesiastes by Douglas Wilson called Joy at the End of the Tether. If you want a solid, engaging, and at many points hilarious commentary on “the inscrutable wisdom of Ecclesiastes,” Wilson is your guy. 371 more words

Book Reviews

Greetings and Welcome

Greetings and welcome to my site Netivot Chesed where I plan on archiving notes from my studies in the Torah along with other topics of interest like Kabbalah, although I am far from an expert in Kabbalistic subjects at this point. 113 more words

Tehillim Notes