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“Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:”

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Proverbs 1:20 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Wisdom חָ֭כְמוֹת Wisdom Wisdom
crieth תָּרֹ֑נָּה Properly, to creak (or emit a stridulous sound), i.e., to shout (usually for joy) crieth
without; בַּח֣וּץ Properly, separate by a wall, i.e., outside, outdoors without
she uttereth תִּתֵּ֥ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) uttereth
her voice קוֹלָֽהּ׃ A voice or sound voice
in the streets: בָּ֝רְחֹב֗וֹת A width, i.e., (concretely) avenue or area streets

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  • 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:

  • 21  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

  • 22  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?


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