PROVERBS 30:19

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.”

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Proverbs 30:19 Translation & Meaning

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The way דֶּ֤רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
of an eagle הַנֶּ֨שֶׁר׀ The eagle (or other large bird of prey) eagle
in the air; בַּשָּׁמַיִם֮ The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) air
the way דֶּ֥רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
of a serpent נָחָ֗שׁ A snake (from its hiss) serpent
upon עֲלֵ֫י Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
a rock; צ֥וּר Properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively, a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous) rock
the way דֶּֽרֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
of a ship אֳנִיָּ֥ה A ship ship
in the midst בְלֶב The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything midst
of the sea; יָ֑ם A sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article), the Mediterranean Sea; sometimes a large river, or an artifical basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south sea
and the way וְדֶ֖רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
of a man גֶּ֣בֶר Properly, a valiant man or warrior; generally, a person simply man
with a maid. בְּעַלְמָֽה׃ A lass (as veiled or private) maid

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  • 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:

  • 19  The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

  • 20  Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

  • 21  For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:




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