PROVERBS 30:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.”

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Proverbs 30:16 Translation & Meaning

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The grave; שְׁאוֹל֮ Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates grave
and the barren וְעֹ֪צֶ֫ר Closure; also constraint barren
womb; רָ֥חַם Compassion (in the plural); by extension, the womb (as cherishing the fetus); by implication, a maiden womb
the earth אֶ֭רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
is not לֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
filled שָׂ֣בְעָה To sate, i.e., fill to satisfaction (literally or figuratively) filled
with water; מַּ֑יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen water
and the fire וְ֝אֵ֗שׁ Fire (literally or figuratively) fire
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
saith אָ֥מְרָה To say (used with great latitude) saith
not, לֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
It is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
enough. הֽוֹן׃ Wealth; by implication, enough enough

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  • 14  There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

  • 15  The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:

  • 16  The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

  • 17  The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

  • 18  There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:




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