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The next collection of proverbs in this book is a collection of Solomon’s proverbs compiled by court officers serving King Hezekiah. This collection begins in Proverbs 25:2 and runs through 29:27. The collection has over one hundred proverbs, which are a looser, multi-line form. The collection has many similes where one thing is compared with something of a different kind. Though not having any apparent overall structure or theme, many of the proverbs have to do with public, civil life.
Chapter 25 begins this collection with proverbs alternating between positive (do this) sayings and negative (do not do this) sayings. The proverbs treat various topics, such as, kings and courts, speech, faithfulness, persistence, etc.
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
– Proverbs 25:1
Verse 1 introduces the collection and marks it from the others, as is common in Proverbs (Proverbs 1:1; 10:1; 22:17; 24:23; 25:1; 30:1; 31:1). The word for copied out means to move. It is uncertain what all was involved, but the court officers of Hezekiah in some way acted as curators of Solomon’s proverbs and compilers, at least of this section.
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