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“Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?”

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Proverbs 15:11 Translation & Meaning

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Hell שְׁא֣וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates Hell
and destruction וַ֭אֲבַדּוֹן Abstract, a perishing; concrete, Hades destruction
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
before נֶ֣גֶד A front, i.e., part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate; usually (adverbial, especially with preposition) over against or before before
the Lord: יְהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
how much more then אַ֝֗ף Meaning accession (used as an adverb or conjunction); also or yea; adversatively though how much more then
the hearts לִבּ֥וֹת The heart hearts
of the children בְּֽנֵי 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.) children
of men? אָדָֽם׃ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) men

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  • 9  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

  • 10  Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

  • 11  Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

  • 12  A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

  • 13  A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.


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