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

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Proverbs 1:9 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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For כִּ֤י׀ (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
they הֵ֬ם They (only used when emphatic) they
shall be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
an ornament לִוְיַ֤ת Something attached, i.e., a wreath ornament
of grace חֵ֓ן Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) grace
unto thy head, לְרֹאשֶׁ֑ךָ The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) head
and chains וַ֝עֲנָקִ֗ים A necklace (as if strangling) chains
about thy neck. לְגַרְגְּרֹתֶֽךָ׃ The throat (as used in rumination) about neck

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  • 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.

  • 11  If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:


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