PSALM 37:14



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“The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.”

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Psalm 37:14 Translation & Meaning

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The wicked רְשָׁעִים֮ Morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person wicked
have drawn out פָּֽתְח֣וּ To open wide (literally or figuratively); specifically, to loosen, begin, plough, carve drawn out
the sword, חֶ֤רֶב׀ Drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement sword
and have bent וְדָרְכ֪וּ To tread; by implication, to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending) bent
their bow, קַ֫שְׁתָּ֥ם A bow, for shooting (hence, figuratively, strength) or the iris bow
to cast down לְ֭הַפִּיל To fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) cast down
the poor עָנִ֣י Depressed, in mind or circumstances poor
and needy, וְאֶבְי֑וֹן Destitute needy
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
to slay לִ֝טְב֗וֹחַ To slaughter (animals or men) slay
such as be of upright יִשְׁרֵי Straight (literally or figuratively) such upright
conversation. דָֽרֶךְ׃ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb conversation

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  • 12  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

  • 13  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

  • 14  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

  • 15  Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

  • 16  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

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