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“Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.”

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Psalm 3:7 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Arise, ק֘וּמָ֤ה To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) Arise
O Lord; יְהוָ֨ה׀ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God O Lord
save הוֹשִׁ֘יעֵ֤נִי Properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e., (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor save
me, O my God: אֱלֹהַ֗י Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative O God
for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
thou hast smitten הִכִּ֣יתָ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) smitten
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
mine enemies אֹיְבַ֣י Hating; an adversary enemies
upon (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the cheek bone; לֶ֑חִי The cheek (from its fleshiness); hence, the jaw-bone cheek bone
thou hast broken שִׁבַּֽרְתָּ׃ To burst (literally or figuratively) broken
the teeth שִׁנֵּ֖י A tooth (as sharp); specifically ivory; figuratively, a cliff teeth
of the ungodly. רְשָׁעִ֣ים Morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person ungodly

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  • 5  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

  • 6  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

  • 7  Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

  • 8  Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

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