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R. B. Y. SCOTT, Wise and Foolish, Righteous and Wicked

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Proverbs is an accumulation of variegated materials old and new, apparently assembled for use as a source-book in a school for youth, and edited by the principal author of the discourses and poems in chapters i-ix. Its content ranges from popular adages lacking any moral or religious content such as "To a hungry man everything bitter tastes sweet" to a profound theological exploration of the relation of wisdom to the divine work of creation. The distinction of both from the intervening body of discreet and heterogeneous couplets is striking, even with the recognition that here and there occur couplets which echo the teaching of the opening chapters. Equally remarkable is the great variety among the couplets themselves, in the topics treated and in the presence or absence of ethical emphasis and religious language.

Keywords: foolish; proverbs; righteous; wicked; wise



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