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But the one sinning against me is doing violence to his own soul;
all those who hate me love death.” Bible

“hate.” The word “hate” in the Bible does not always have the meaning it has in English, an intense feeling of animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object. In Hebrew and Greek, the word “hate” has a large range of meanings from actual “hate” to simply loving something less than something else, neglecting or ignoring something, or being disgusted by something. Here the word “hate” is used in the sense of ignoring or neglecting Wisdom, and loving other things more than she. We can see in the context the fools “reject” Wisdom. [For more on the large semantic range of “hate” and its use in the Bible, see commentary on Prov. 1:22, “hate”].


Commentary for: Proverbs 8:36