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“The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.”

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Proverbs 3:35 Translation & Meaning

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The wise חֲכָמִ֣ים Wise, (i.e., intelligent, skilful or artful) wise
shall inherit יִנְחָ֑לוּ To inherit (as a (figurative) mode of descent), or (generally) to occupy; causatively, to bequeath, or (generally) distribute, instate inherit
glory: כָּ֭בוֹד Properly, weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness glory
but shame קָלֽוֹן׃ Disgrace; (by implication) the pudenda shame
shall be the promotion מֵרִ֥ים To be high actively, to rise or raise (in various applications, literally or figuratively) promotion
of fools. וּ֝כְסִילִ֗ים Properly, fat, i.e., (figuratively) stupid or silly fools

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  • 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.

  • 35  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.


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