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2.1–22 : The fruits of the search for wisdom

are summarized in this carefully fashioned poem of 22 lines (the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet; cf. the acrostic pattern of 31.10–31 ).

4 :

Wisdom is frequently compared to a treasure or wealth (See 3.14–16; 8.18–19; Job 28.15–19 ).

5 :

1.7n.

10 :

Heart, not only the seat of affections, but the center of the whole person, including will and thought ( 4.23 ).

16 :

Loose woman, lit. “strange woman” (Heb “zarah,” see 5.3,20; 7.5; 22.14 ); adulteress, lit. “alien” or “foreign woman” (Heb “nokriyyah,” See 5.20; 6.24; 7.5; 23.27; Ezra 10.2,10–11,14,17–18,44; Neh 13.26–27 ).

17 :

Her sacred covenant, here as in Mal 2.10–16 , imagery of unfaithfulness in marriage is associated with breaking a religious covenant.

19 :

See 7.26–27 .

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