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“For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.”

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Deuteronomy 32:22 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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For כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
a fire אֵשׁ֙ Fire (literally or figuratively) fire
is kindled קָֽדְחָ֣ה To inflame kindled
in mine anger, בְאַפִּ֔י Properly, the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire anger
and shall burn וַתִּיקַ֖ד To burn burn
unto עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) unto
the lowest תַּחְתִּ֑ית Lowermost; as noun (feminine plural) the depths (figuratively, a pit, the womb) lowest
hell, שְׁא֣וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell
and shall consume וַתֹּ֤אכַל To eat (literally or figuratively) consume
the earth אֶ֙רֶץ֙ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
with her increase, וִֽיבֻלָ֔הּ Produce, i.e., a crop or (figuratively) wealth increase
and set on fire וַתְּלַהֵ֖ט Properly, to lick, i.e., (by implication) to blaze set fire
the foundations מֽוֹסְדֵ֥י A foundation foundations
of the mountains. הָרִֽים׃ A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mountains

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  • 20  And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

  • 21  They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

  • 22  For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

  • 23  I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

  • 24  They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.


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