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“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”

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Proverbs 3:7 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Be תְּהִ֣י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) Be
not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
wise חָכָ֣ם Wise, (i.e., intelligent, skilful or artful) wise
in thine own eyes: בְּעֵינֶ֑יךָ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) thine own eyes
fear יְרָ֥א To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten fear
the Lord, יְ֝הוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and depart וְס֣וּר To turn off (literally or figuratively) depart
from evil. מֵרָֽע׃ Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil

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  • 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.

  • 7  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

  • 8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

  • 9  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:


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