PSALM 37:17



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“For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.”

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Psalm 37:17 Translation & Meaning

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For כִּ֤י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
the arms זְרוֹע֣וֹת The arm (as stretched out), or (of animals) the foreleg; figuratively, force arms
of the wicked רְ֭שָׁעִים Morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person wicked
shall be broken: תִּשָּׁבַ֑רְנָה To burst (literally or figuratively) broken
but the Lord יְהוָֽה׃ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
upholdeth וְסוֹמֵ֖ךְ To prop (literally or figuratively); reflexively, to lean upon or take hold of (in a favorable or unfavorable sense) upholdeth
the righteous. צַדִּיקִ֣ים Just righteous

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  • 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.

  • 17  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

  • 18  The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

  • 19  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

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