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March 29, 2011

All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15).

Dr. Allen Ross in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary writes here

“Life can be delightful or difficult, depending on one’s circumstances and disposition. The contrast is between the “oppressed” (`ani) and the “cheerful heart” (tob-leb). The parallelism of the second line suggests that the `ani is one who is inwardly oppressed. Obviously the proverb recommends the cheerful frame of mind, for the image of the feast signifies enjoyment of life’s offerings. This is far better than the evil (ra`im; NIV, “wretched”) days. See Ruth 1:20-21 and Habakkuk 3:17-18 (emphasis mine).

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