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“Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.”

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Proverbs 28:14 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Happy אַשְׁרֵ֣י Happiness; only in masculine plural construction as interjection, how happy! Happy
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the man אָ֭דָם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
that feareth מְפַחֵ֣ד To be startled (by a sudden alarm); hence, to fear in general feareth
alway: תָּמִ֑יד Properly, continuance (as indefinite extension); but used only (attributively as adjective) constant (or adverbially, constantly); elliptically the regular (daily) sacrifice alway
but he that hardeneth וּמַקְשֶׁ֥ה Properly, to be dense, i.e., tough or severe (in various applications) hardeneth
his heart לִ֝בּ֗וֹ The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
shall fall יִפּ֥וֹל To fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) fall
into mischief. בְּרָעָֽה׃ Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) mischief

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  • 12  When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

  • 13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

  • 14  Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

  • 15  As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

  • 16  The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.


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