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“So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.”

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Proverbs 3:22 Translation & Meaning

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So shall they be וְיִֽהְי֣וּ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) So shall they be
life חַיִּ֣ים Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively life
unto thy soul, לְנַפְשֶׁ֑ךָ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) soul
and grace וְ֝חֵ֗ן Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) grace
to thy neck. לְגַרְגְּרֹתֶֽיךָ׃ The throat (as used in rumination) neck

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  • 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.

  • 24  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.


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