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

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Proverbs 3:21 Translation & Meaning

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My son, בְּ֭נִי A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
let not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing let not
them depart יָלֻ֣זוּ To turn aside , i.e., (literally) to depart, (figuratively) be perverse depart
from thine eyes: מֵעֵינֶ֑יךָ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) thine eyes
keep נְצֹ֥ר To guard, in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey, etc.) or a bad one (to conceal, etc.) keep
sound wisdom תֻּ֝שִׁיָּ֗ה Support or (by implication) ability, i.e., (direct) help, (in purpose) an undertaking, (intellectual) understanding sound wisdom
and discretion: וּמְזִמָּֽה׃ A plan, usually evil (machination), sometimes good (sagacity) discretion

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  • 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:

  • 22  So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

  • 23  Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.


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