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“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:”

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Proverbs 24:21 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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My son, בְּנִ֣י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
fear יְרָֽא To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten fear
thou אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) thou
the Lord יְהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and the king: וָמֶ֑לֶךְ A king king
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
meddle תִּתְעָרָֽב׃ To braid, i.e., intermix; technically, to traffic (as if by barter); also or give to be security (as a kind of exchange) meddle
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
with עִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
them that are given to change: שׁ֝וֹנִ֗ים To fold, i.e., duplicate (literally or figuratively); by implication, to transmute (transitive or intransitive) are given change

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

  • 20  For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

  • 21  My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

  • 22  For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

  • 23  These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.


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