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“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

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Proverbs 8:13 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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The fear יִֽרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of the Lord יְהוָה֮ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
to hate שְֽׂנֹ֫את To hate (personally) hate
evil: רָ֥ע Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil
pride, גֵּ֘אָ֤ה Arrogance pride
and arrogancy, וְגָא֨וֹן׀ The same as H1346 arrogancy
and the evil רָ֭ע Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil
way, וְדֶ֣רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
and the froward תַהְפֻּכ֬וֹת A perversity or fraud froward
mouth, וּפִ֨י The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouth
do I hate. שָׂנֵֽאתִי׃ To hate (personally) do hate

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  • 11  For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

  • 12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

  • 13  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

  • 14  Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

  • 15  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.


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