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“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.”

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Proverbs 15:24 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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The way אֹ֣רַח A well-trodden road (literally or figuratively); also a caravan way
of life חַ֭יִּים Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively life
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
above לְמַ֣עְלָה Properly,the upper part, used only adverbially with prefix upward, above, overhead, from the top, etc above
to the wise, לְמַשְׂכִּ֑יל To be (causatively, make or act) circumspect and hence, intelligent wise
that לְמַ֥עַן Properly, heed, i.e., purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that that
he may depart ס֝֗וּר To turn off (literally or figuratively) depart
from hell מִשְּׁא֥וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell
beneath. מָֽטָּה׃ Downward, below or beneath; often adverbially with or without prefixes beneath

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  • 22  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established.

  • 23  A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

  • 24  The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

  • 25  The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

  • 26  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.


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