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

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Proverbs 30:20 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Such כֵּ֤ן׀ Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) Such
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the way דֶּ֥רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
of an adulterous מְנָ֫אָ֥פֶת To commit adultery; figuratively, to apostatize adulterous
woman; אִשָּׁ֗ה A woman woman
she eateth, אָ֭כְלָה To eat (literally or figuratively) eateth
and wipeth וּמָ֣חֲתָה Properly, to stroke or rub; by implication, to erase wipeth
her mouth, פִ֑יהָ The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouth
and saith, וְ֝אָמְרָ֗ה To say (used with great latitude) saith
I have done פָעַ֥לְתִּי To do or make (systematically and habitually), especially to practise done
no לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles no
wickedness. אָֽוֶן׃ Strictly nothingness; also trouble, vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol wickedness

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  • 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:

  • 22  For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;


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