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“So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”

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Proverbs 3:4 Translation & Meaning

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So shalt thou find וּמְצָא Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present find
favour חֵ֖ן Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) favour
and good ט֑וֹב Good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well) good
understanding וְשֵֽׂכֶל Intelligence; by implication, success understanding
in the sight בְּעֵינֵ֖י An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) sight
of God אֱלֹהִ֣ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
and man. וְאָדָֽם׃ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man

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  • 2  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

  • 3  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

  • 4  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

  • 5  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

  • 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


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