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“But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.”

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Proverbs 9:18 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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But he knoweth יָ֭דַע 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.) knoweth
not וְֽלֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
that כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed that
the dead רְפָאִ֣ים Properly, lax, i.e., (figuratively) a ghost (as dead; in plural only) dead
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
there; שָׁ֑ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence there
and that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
her guests קְרֻאֶֽיהָ׃ To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) guests
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in the depths בְּעִמְקֵ֖י Deep (literally or figuratively) depths
of hell. שְׁא֣וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates hell

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  • 18  But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.


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