JOB 28:28



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“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

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Job 28:28 Translation & Meaning

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And unto man לָֽאָדָ֗ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
he said, וַיֹּ֤אמֶר׀ To say (used with great latitude) said
Behold, הֵ֤ן Lo!; also (as expressing surprise) if Behold
the fear יִרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of the Lord, אֲ֭דֹנָי The Lord (used as a proper name of God only) Lord
that הִ֣יא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are that
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
wisdom; חָכְמָ֑ה Wisdom (in a good sense) wisdom
and to depart וְס֖וּר To turn off (literally or figuratively) depart
from evil מֵרָ֣ע Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
understanding. בִּינָֽה׃ Understanding understanding

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  • 26  When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

  • 27  Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

  • 28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.


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