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“Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.”

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Proverbs 23:14 Translation & Meaning

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Thou אַ֭תָּה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you Thou
shalt beat תַּכֶּ֑נּוּ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) beat
him with the rod, בַּשֵּׁ֣בֶט A scion, i.e., (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan rod
and shalt deliver תַּצִּֽיל׃ To snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense deliver
his soul וְ֝נַפְשׁ֗וֹ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) soul
from hell. מִשְּׁא֥וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell

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  • 12  Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

  • 13  Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

  • 14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

  • 15  My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

  • 16  Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.


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