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

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Proverbs 5:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest Lest
thou shouldest ponder תְּפַלֵּ֑ס Properly, to roll flat, i.e., prepare (a road); also to revolve, i.e., weigh (mentally) shouldest ponder
the path אֹ֣רַח A well-trodden road (literally or figuratively); also a caravan path
of life, חַ֭יִּים Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively life
her ways מַ֝עְגְּלֹתֶ֗יהָ A track (literally or figuratively); also a rampart (as circular) ways
are moveable, נָע֥וּ To waver, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively (as subjoined) are moveable
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
thou canst not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles canst not
know תֵדָֽע׃ To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) know
them. (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)

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  • 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.

  • 8  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:


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