After my first sermon on the “30 Sayings of the Wise” (Pr 22b-24) one of our teenagers in the church approached me with a very insightful question: “How do you know where each saying begins and ends?”
The question was more difficult than he knew. Commentators lack unity on how to count to 30. As I mentioned in my last CRF post, some don’t even see this as 30 sayings. But for those who do, they disagree where one saying begins and another ends in a few key areas.
Out of curiosity, as I was trying to discern how I counted to 30, I charted out the positions of a few commentators. Out of the seven I surveyed, no one agreed exactly on how to count to 30!
After studying the passage on my own, I found myself agreeing with one of the commentators on the chart below. Can you figure out which one? Email me if you think you know!
**Renewed call to attention
Richard J. Clifford, Old
Testament Library: Proverbs
Sid S. Buzzell, Bible Knowledge Commentary: Old Testament, “Proverbs”
R. B. Y. Scott, The Anchor Bible Commentary: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes
Allen Ross, The NIV Application Commentary, “Proverbs”
Bruce Waltke, New International Commentary on the Old Testament: Proverbs 15-31
Michael V. Fox, The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary: Proverbs 10-31
Andrew E. Steinmann, Concordia Commentary: Proverbs