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“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

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Daniel 12:3 Translation & Meaning

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And they that be wise וְהַ֨מַּשְׂכִּלִ֔ים To be (causatively, make or act) circumspect and hence, intelligent wise
shall shine יַזְהִ֖רוּ To gleam shine
as the brightness כְּזֹ֣הַר Brilliancy brightness
of the firmament; הָרָקִ֑יעַ Properly, an expanse, i.e., the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky firmament
and they that turn many הָֽרַבִּ֔ים Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) turn many
to righteousness וּמַצְדִּיקֵי֙ To be (causatively, make) right (in a moral or forensic sense) righteousness
as the stars כַּכּוֹכָבִ֖ים A star (as round or as shining); figuratively, a prince stars
for ever לְעוֹלָ֥ם Properly, concealed, i.e., the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e., (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always ever
and ever. וָעֶֽד׃ Properly, a (peremptory) terminus, i.e., (by implication) duration, in the sense of advance or perpetuity (substantially as a noun, either with or without a preposition) ever

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  • 1  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

  • 2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

  • 3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

  • 4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

  • 5  Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.


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