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Faithful are the wounds of one who loves you,a
but deceptive are the kisses of one who hates you.b Bible
a[6]
Or, “a friend.”
b[6]
Or, “an enemy.”

“one who hates you.” In this context, although “one who hates you” is literal, it is referring to an enemy. Thus, the HALOT Hebrew-English lexicon has “enemy” for this verse, and almost all the English versions do, as well as commentators such as Michael Fox, Bruce Waltke, Robert Alter, and Richard Clifford. Nevertheless, the literal is “one who hates,” and that is true.


Commentary for: Proverbs 27:6