In his 600 page commentary on the Book of Proverbs Tremper Longham III describes a proverb as a “short, pithy saying that offers advice or an observation on the world” (p., 54).
Today’s post looks at Proverbs 17:26 which states,
It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
or to flog leaders for being honest (New Living Translation).
Based on my understanding of Biblical Hebrew, a more literal word-for-word translation of this verse is,
Also, it is not good to fine the righteous
to smite leaders on account of their righteousness.