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“Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.”

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Proverbs 5:5 Translation & Meaning

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Her feet רַ֭גְלֶיהָ A foot (as used in walking); by implication, a step; by euphemistically the pudenda feet
go down יֹרְד֣וֹת To descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications) go down
to death; מָ֑וֶת Death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin death
her steps צְעָדֶ֥יהָ A pace or regular step steps
take hold יִתְמֹֽכוּ׃ To sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close take hold
on hell. שְׁ֝א֗וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell

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  • 3  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

  • 4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

  • 5  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

  • 6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.

  • 7  Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.


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