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

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Proverbs 1:22 Translation & Meaning

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How long, עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) How long
ye simple ones, פְּתָיִם֮ Silly (i.e., seducible) simple ones
will ye love תְּֽאֵהֲב֫וּ To have affection for (sexually or otherwise) love
simplicity? פֶ֥תִי Silly (i.e., seducible) simplicity
and the scorners וְלֵצִ֗ים Properly, to make mouths at, i.e., to scoff; hence (from the effort to pronounce a foreign language) to interpret, or (generally) intercede scorners
delight חָמְד֣וּ To delight in delight
in their scorning, לָ֭צוֹן Derision scorning
and fools וּ֝כְסִילִ֗ים Properly, fat, i.e., (figuratively) stupid or silly fools
hate יִשְׂנְאוּ To hate (personally) hate
knowledge? דָֽעַת׃ Knowledge knowledge

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  • 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?

  • 23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

  • 24  Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;


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