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“For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.”

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Proverbs 3:32 Translation & Meaning

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For כִּ֤י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
the froward נָל֑וֹז To turn aside , i.e., (literally) to depart, (figuratively) be perverse froward
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
abomination תוֹעֲבַ֣ת Properly, something disgusting (morally), i.e., (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol abomination
to the Lord: יְהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
but his secret סוֹדֽוֹ׃ A session, i.e., company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication, intimacy, consultation, a secret secret
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with וְֽאֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) with
the righteous. יְשָׁרִ֥ים Straight (literally or figuratively) righteous

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  • 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.

  • 33  The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

  • 34  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.


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