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“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:”

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Proverbs 24:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Rejoice תִּשְׂמָ֑ח Probably to brighten up, i.e., (figuratively) be (causatively, make) blithe or gleesome Rejoice
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
when thine enemy אֽ֭וֹיִבְיךָ Hating; an adversary thine enemy
falleth, בִּנְפֹ֣ל To fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) falleth
and let not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing let not
thine heart לִבֶּֽךָ׃ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything thine heart
be glad יָגֵ֥ל Properly, to spin round (under the influence of any violent emotion), i.e., usually rejoice, or (as cringing) fear glad
when he stumbleth: וּ֝בִכָּשְׁל֗וֹ To totter or waver (through weakness of the legs, especially the ankle); by implication, to falter, stumble, faint or fall stumbleth

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  • 15  Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

  • 16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

  • 17  Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

  • 18  Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

  • 19  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;


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