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“The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”

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Proverbs 3:19 Translation & Meaning

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The Lord יְֽהוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
by wisdom בְּחָכְמָ֥ה Wisdom (in a good sense) wisdom
hath founded יָֽסַד To set (literally or figuratively); intensively, to found; reflexively, to sit down together, i.e., settle, consult founded
the earth; אָ֑רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
by understanding בִּתְבוּנָֽה׃ Intelligence; by implication, an argument; by extension, caprice understanding
hath he established כּוֹנֵ֥ן Properly, to be erect (i.e., stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous) established
the heavens. שָׁ֝מַ֗יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heavens

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  • 17  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

  • 18  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

  • 19  The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

  • 20  By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

  • 21  My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:


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