PROVERBS 25:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:”

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Proverbs 25:21 Translation & Meaning

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If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
thine enemy שֹׂ֭נַאֲךָ To hate (personally) thine enemy
be hungry, רָעֵ֣ב Hungry (more or less intensely) hungry
give him bread לָ֑חֶם Food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it) give bread
to eat; הַאֲכִלֵ֣הוּ To eat (literally or figuratively) eat
and if וְאִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
he be thirsty, צָ֝מֵ֗א Thirsty (literally or figuratively) thirsty
give him water מָֽיִם׃ Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen give water
to drink: הַשְׁקֵ֥הוּ To quaff, i.e., (causatively) to irrigate or furnish a potion to drink

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  • 19  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

  • 20  As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

  • 21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

  • 22  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

  • 23  The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.




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