“Fear of man is a snare”



This verses says that fearing people is an illusory trap. If we instead trust in God, we avoid entrapment from people and are protected by God.

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“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”

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Proverbs 29:25 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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The fear חֶרְדַּ֣ת Fear, anxiety fear
of man אָ֭דָם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
bringeth יִתֵּ֣ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) bringeth
a snare: מוֹקֵ֑שׁ A noose (for catching animals) (literally or figuratively); by implication, a hook (for the nose) snare
but whoso putteth his trust וּבוֹטֵ֖חַ Properly, to hie for refuge (but not so precipitately as H2620); figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure whoso putteth trust
in the Lord בַּיהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
shall be safe. יְשֻׂגָּֽב׃ To be (causatively, make) lofty, especially inaccessible; by implication, safe, strong; used literally and figuratively safe

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  • 23  A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

  • 24  Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

  • 25  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

  • 26  Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord.

  • 27  An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.


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