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“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

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Proverbs 28:1 Translation & Meaning

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The wicked רָשָׁ֑ע Morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person wicked
flee נָ֣סוּ To flit, i.e., vanish away (subside, escape; causatively, chase, impel, deliver) flee
when no וְאֵין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle no
man pursueth: רֹדֵ֣ף To run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively [of time] gone by) man pursueth
but the righteous וְ֝צַדִּיקִ֗ים Just righteous
are bold יִבְטָֽח׃ Properly, to hie for refuge (but not so precipitately as H2620); figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure are bold
as a lion. כִּכְפִ֥יר A village (as covered in by walls); also a young lion (perhaps as covered with a mane) lion

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  • 1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

  • 2  For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

  • 3  A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.


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