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“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”

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Proverbs 1:33 Translation & Meaning

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But whoso hearkeneth וְשֹׁמֵ֣עַֽ To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) whoso hearkeneth
unto me shall dwell יִשְׁכָּן To reside or permanently stay (literally or figuratively) dwell
safely, בֶּ֑טַח Properly, a place of refuge; abstract, safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust); often (adverb with or without preposition) safely safely
and shall be quiet וְ֝שַׁאֲנַ֗ן To loll, i.e., be peaceful quiet
from fear מִפַּ֥חַד A (sudden) alarm (properly, the object feared, by implication, the feeling) fear
of evil. רָעָֽה׃ Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil

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  • 31  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

  • 32  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

  • 33  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.


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