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News Item 347. Mishlei 19-02 (Thought)

A new proverb was posted to the Mishlei section on Monday, October 16.

Also, for the soul to be without self-knowledge is not good, and he who speeds up his feet [without taking time to think] is a sinner.

This proverb identifies two practices which although not directly sinful in themselves are factors in creating an attitude that leads to sin. One is failing to take the time and effort to gain self-knowledge ( דַעַת ) by comparing one’s own behavior with the teachings of the Torah. The other is to rush through life ( אָץ בְּרַגְלַיִם ) without fully thinking through the implications of one’s actions.