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“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”

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Proverbs 13:13 Translation & Meaning

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Whoso despiseth בָּ֣ז To disrespect Whoso despiseth
the word לְ֭דָבָר A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause word
shall be destroyed: יֵחָ֣בֶל To wind tightly (as a rope), i.e., to bind; specifically, by a pledge; figuratively, to pervert, destroy; also to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) destroyed
but he ה֣וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are but he
that feareth וִירֵ֥א Fearing; morally, reverent feareth
the commandment מִ֝צְוָ֗ה A command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law) commandment
shall be rewarded. יְשֻׁלָּֽם׃ To be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications) rewarded

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  • 11  Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

  • 12  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

  • 13  Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

  • 14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

  • 15  Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.


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