PSALM 31:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.”

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Psalm 31:17 Translation & Meaning

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Let me not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing Let not
be ashamed, אֵ֭בוֹשָׁה Properly, to pale, i.e., by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed ashamed
O Lord; יְֽהוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God O Lord
for כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
I have called upon קְרָאתִ֑יךָ To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called upon
thee: let the wicked רְ֝שָׁעִ֗ים Morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person let wicked
be ashamed, יֵבֹ֥שׁוּ Properly, to pale, i.e., by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed ashamed
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
let them be silent יִדְּמ֥וּ To be dumb; by implication, to be astonished, to stop; also to perish let silent
in the grave. לִשְׁאֽוֹל׃ Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates grave

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  • 15  My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

  • 16  Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

  • 17  Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

  • 18  Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

  • 19  Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!



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