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“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.”

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Proverbs 19:5 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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A false שְׁ֭קָרִים An untruth; by implication, a sham (often adverbial) false
witness עֵ֣ד Concretely, a witness; abstractly, testimony; specifically, a recorder, i.e., prince witness
shall not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
be unpunished, יִנָּקֶ֑ה To be (or make) clean (literally or figuratively); by implication (in an adverse sense) to be bare, i.e., extirpated unpunished
and speaketh וְיָפִ֥יחַ To puff, i.e., blow with the breath or air; hence, to fan (as a breeze), to utter, to kindle (a fire), to scoff speaketh
he that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
lies כְּ֝זָבִ֗ים Falsehood; literally (untruth) or figuratively (idol) lies
shall not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
escape. יִמָּלֵֽט׃ Properly, to be smooth, i.e., (by implication) to escape (as if by slipperiness); causatively, to release or rescue; specifically, to bring forth young, emit sparks escape

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  • 3  The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

  • 4  Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

  • 5  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

  • 6  Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

  • 7  All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.


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