This article uses cognitive linguistics and an embodied cognitive approach to analyse the
passage of Proverbs 1:20–33. The poem, presented as a prophetic threat, uses metaphoric
language to depict the dialogue between personified wisdom and metaphorised human
beings. The analysis indicates that there is a coherence of metaphors in the target domain
shared by both metaphorised source domains of wisdom and the hearers. Using bodily
metaphors it stresses the need of wisdom to be internalised by men.
This research is part of the
project, ‘Old Testament
and Qumran Texts Studies’
directed by Prof. Pieter
Venter, Emeritus Professor,
Department of Old Testament
Studies, Faculty of Theology,
University of Pretoria.