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“A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.”

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Proverbs 11:16 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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A gracious חֵ֭ן Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) gracious
woman אֵֽשֶׁת A woman woman
retaineth תִּתְמֹ֣ךְ To sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close retaineth
honour: כָּב֑וֹד Properly, weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness honour
and strong וְ֝עָרִיצִ֗ים Fearful, i.e., powerful or tyrannical strong
men (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
retain יִתְמְכוּ To sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close retain
riches. עֹֽשֶׁר׃ Wealth riches

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  • 14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.

  • 15  He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

  • 16  A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

  • 17  The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

  • 18  The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.


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