Does 'them' in Prov 14:3 refer to the wise or the foolish?


Proverbs 14:3

ESV - 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

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Open uri20131030 22623 f4m8o3 Jeffrey Kranz Believer, blogger, founder of the Overview Bible Project
"Them" refers to the wise.

Note the nouns: "fool" (singular) and "wise" (plural in Hebrew). Now note the pronouns: "his" (singular) and "them" (plural). Match the singulars and plurals—"them" refers to "the wise."

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Q jcryle001 JD Abshire
"but the lips of the wise will preserve them." Most times the conjunction "but" is used to make a strong contrast, opposites. Light-good, darkness-evil, in other words. The "flip-side". I strongly believe them is referring to the wise.

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