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“For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.”

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Deuteronomy 32:28 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
they הֵ֑מָּה They (only used when emphatic) they
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a nation ג֛וֹי A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nation
void אֹבַ֥ד Properly, to wander away, i.e., lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy) void
of counsel, עֵצ֖וֹת Advice; by implication, plan; also prudence counsel
neither וְאֵ֥ין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle neither
is there any (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
understanding תְּבוּנָֽה׃ Intelligence; by implication, an argument; by extension, caprice understanding
in them. תְּבוּנָֽה׃ Intelligence; by implication, an argument; by extension, caprice in them

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  • 26  I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

  • 27  Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this.

  • 28  For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

  • 29  O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

  • 30  How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?


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