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“My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:”

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Proverbs 1:15 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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My son, בְּנִ֗י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
walk תֵּלֵ֣ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) walk
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
thou in the way בְּדֶ֣רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
with אִתָּ֑ם Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
them; refrain מְנַ֥ע To debar (negatively or positively) from benefit or injury refrain
thy foot רַ֝גְלְךָ֗ A foot (as used in walking); by implication, a step; by euphemistically the pudenda foot
from their path: מִנְּתִיבָתָֽם׃ A (beaten) track path

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  • 13  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:

  • 14  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

  • 15  My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

  • 16  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

  • 17  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.


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