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“Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.”

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Proverbs 3:30 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Strive תָּרִ֣וב Properly, to toss, i.e., grapple; mostly figuratively, to wrangle, i.e., hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend Strive
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
with עִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
a man אָדָ֣ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
without cause, חִנָּ֑ם Gratis, i.e., devoid of cost, reason or advantage without cause
if אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
he have done גְמָלְךָ֣ To treat a person (well or ill), i.e., benefit or requite; by implication (of toil), to ripen, i.e., (specifically) to wean done
thee no לֹ֖א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles no
harm. רָעָֽה׃ Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) harm

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  • 28  Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

  • 29  Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

  • 30  Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

  • 31  Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

  • 32  For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.


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