Proverbs 1:6; Numbers 12:8; Psalm 49:4; Ezekiel 17:2; Judges 14:12‑14; 1 Kings 10:1; 2 Chronicles 9:1; Daniel 8:23
(counsel). Oriental peoples fond of riddles. Hebrew riddles embraced proverbs (Prov. 1:66To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. (Proverbs 1:6)); oracles (Num. 12:88With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? (Numbers 12:8)); songs (Psa. 49:44I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. (Psalm 49:4)); parables (Ezek. 17:22Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; (Ezekiel 17:2)); intricate sentences, questions, and problems (Judg. 14:12-1412And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments: 13But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it. 14And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. (Judges 14:12‑14); 1 Kings 10:11And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. (1 Kings 10:1); 2 Chron. 9:11And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. (2 Chronicles 9:1); Dan. 8:2323And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (Daniel 8:23)).