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“Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.”

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Proverbs 1:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Surely כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed Surely
in vain חִ֭נָּם Gratis, i.e., devoid of cost, reason or advantage vain
the net הָרָ֑שֶׁת A net (as catching animals) net
is spread מְזֹרָ֣ה To toss about; by implication, to diffuse, winnow spread
in the sight בְּ֝עֵינֵ֗י An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) sight
of any כָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) any
bird. בַּ֥עַל A master; hence, a husband, or (figuratively) owner (often used with another noun in modifications of this latter sense) bird

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  • 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.

  • 18  And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

  • 19  So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.


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