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Commentary on Proverbs

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31, 12 :

Good, and not evil: i.e., prosperity, not adversity.

31, 14 :

Merchant: literally, “Canaanite” (cf v 31, 24 ), probably because the merchant class had been composed chiefly of Canaanites.

31, 18 :

Her lamp is undimmed: indicates abundance of productive work and its accompanying prosperity; cf Prv 20, 20; Jb 18, 6 .

31, 25 :

Laughs at the days to come: anticipates the future with gladness free from anxiety.

31, 30 :

The true charm of the ideal wife is her religious spirit, for she fears the Lord; cf note on Prv 1, 7 .

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