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“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:”

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Proverbs 1:8 Translation & Meaning

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My son, בְּ֭נִי A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
hear שְׁמַ֣ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) hear
the instruction מוּסַ֣ר Properly, chastisement; figuratively, reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint instruction
of thy father, אָבִ֑יךָ Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
and forsake תִּ֝טֹּ֗שׁ Properly, to pound, i.e., smite; by implication (as if beating out, and thus expanding) to disperse; also, to thrust off, down, out or upon (inclusively, reject, let alone, permit, remit, etc.) forsake
not וְאַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
the law תּוֹרַ֥ת A precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch law
of thy mother: אִמֶּֽךָ׃ A mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively [like father]) mother

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  • 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:

  • 9  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

  • 10  My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.


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