DEUTERONOMY 29:18

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;”

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Deuteronomy 29:18 Translation & Meaning

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Lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest Lest
there should be יֵ֣שׁ There is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection) should
among you man, אִ֣ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) among man
or אוֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
woman, אִשָּׁ֞ה A woman woman
or א֧וֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
family, מִשְׁפָּחָ֣ה A family, i.e., circle of relatives; figuratively, a class (of persons), a species (of animals) or sort (of things); by extension a tribe or people family
or אוֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
tribe, שֵׁ֗בֶט A scion, i.e., (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan tribe
whose אֲשֶׁר֩ Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whose
heart לְבָב֨וֹ The heart (as the most interior organ) heart
turneth away פֹנֶ֤ה To turn; by implication, to face, i.e., appear, look, etc turneth away
this day הַיּוֹם֙ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
from מֵעִם֙ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) from
the Lord יְהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
our God, אֱלֹהֵ֔ינוּ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
to go לָלֶ֣כֶת To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
serve לַֽעֲבֹ֔ד To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc serve
the gods אֱלֹהֵ֖י Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative gods
of these הָהֵ֑ם They (only used when emphatic) these
nations; הַגּוֹיִ֣ם A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nations
lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest lest
there should be יֵ֣שׁ There is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection) should
among you a root שֹׁ֛רֶשׁ A root (literally or figuratively) among root
that beareth פֹּרֶ֥ה To bear fruit (literally or figuratively) beareth
gall רֹ֖אשׁ A poisonous plant, probably the poppy (from its conspicuous head); generally poison (even of serpents) gall
and wormwood; וְלַֽעֲנָֽה׃ Wormwood (regarded as poisonous, and therefore accursed) wormwood

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  • 16  (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by;

  • 17  And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)

  • 18  Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

  • 19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:

  • 20  The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.




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