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“To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”

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Proverbs 1:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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To understand לְהָבִ֣ין To separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e., (generally) understand understand
a proverb, מָ֭שָׁל Properly, a pithy maxim, usually of metaphorical nature; hence, a simile (as an adage, poem, discourse) proverb
and the interpretation; וּמְלִיצָ֑ה An aphorism; also a satire interpretation
the words דִּבְרֵ֥י A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause words
of the wise, חֲ֝כָמִ֗ים Wise, (i.e., intelligent, skilful or artful) wise
and their dark sayings. וְחִידֹתָֽם׃ A puzzle, hence, a trick, conundrum, sententious maxim dark sayings

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  • 4  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

  • 5  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

  • 6  To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

  • 7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

  • 8  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:


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