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For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation, nor be appeased though you multiply

gifts (dHvw) Proverbs 6:34-35

Heed wisdom. The jealous husband is associated with the "strange woman." Often the response to her is avoidance19 together with fidelity to a man's own wife (5:15-19). Still, however, a correlative avenue to security is open. If the young man heeds instruction it will pre- serve him from the snares of the "strange woman."

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching. Bind them upon your heart always; tie them about your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman from the smooth tongue of the adventuress. Proverbs 6:20-2420

This hearkening to wisdom, of course, also secures life in the face of the potential threat which Wisdom herself may

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5:8; 6:25; 7:25. See also 2:16 which is dependent upon the Mx ("if")

clauses of vv. 1, 13; 2:12 indicates that hearing-obedience will so preserve one from "men of perverted speech."

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