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

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Proverbs 3:24 Translation & Meaning

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When אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not When
thou liest down, תִּשְׁכַּ֥ב To lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose) liest down
thou shalt not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
be afraid: תִפְחָ֑ד To be startled (by a sudden alarm); hence, to fear in general afraid
yea, thou shalt lie down, וְ֝שָׁכַבְתָּ֗ To lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose) yea lie down
and thy sleep שְׁנָתֶֽךָ׃ Sleep sleep
shall be sweet. וְֽעָרְבָ֥ה To be agreeable sweet

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  • 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.

  • 25  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

  • 26  For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.


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