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“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.”

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Proverbs 22:4 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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By עֵ֣קֶב A heel, i.e., (figuratively) the last of anything (used adverbially, for ever); also result, i.e., compensation; and so (adverb with preposition or relatively) on account of By
humility עֲ֭נָוָה Condescension, human and subjective (modesty), or divine and objective (clemency) humility
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the fear יִרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of the Lord יְהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
riches, עֹ֖שֶׁר Wealth riches
and honour, וְכָב֣וֹד Properly, weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness honour
and life. וְחַיִּֽים׃ 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

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  • 2  The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

  • 3  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

  • 4  By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

  • 5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

  • 6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


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