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“And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.”

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Proverbs 1:18 Translation & Meaning

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And they וְ֭הֵם They (only used when emphatic) And they
lay wait יֶאֱרֹ֑בוּ To lurk lay wait
for their blood; לְדָמָ֣ם Blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e., drops of blood) blood
own (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
they lurk privily יִ֝צְפְּנ֗וּ To hide (by covering over); by implication, to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk lurk privily
for their lives. לְנַפְשֹׁתָֽם׃ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) lives
own (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)

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  • 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.

  • 20  Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:


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