Seems the times Israel is shown in the best light are at times when they have been given a project, taking over the land, building the temple, rebuilding the temple. It should be observed that not long into these projects there are challenges and not long after dissension/distraction/rebellion. It just seems to be the way of the world.
The picture here is of someone coming to the cause of the poor and needy, the quiet ones of the land, ones under the heavy hand of these evil enemies. This someone stands in the way of the enemy and is thus treated falsely being accused of things that he knew not. Snares are laid in his path. When the enemy is sick, he prays for them as he would a friend. When they are strong he prays for the Lord to arise to confound and scatter their purposes for righteousness sake. We would be well advised to be this type of person being assured that our God is all of this and more.
Chapter marks are a more recent development added to the Bible for purposes of easier reference. Sometimes they get in the way of the more fluid reading that the writer intended. It is interesting way to read these proverbs to remove these chapter partitions and read larger chunks of instruction. kjv@CONCORD:Proverbs:1-8
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