PSALM 37:25



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“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

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Psalm 37:25 Translation & Meaning

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I have been הָיִ֗יתִי To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) been
young, נַ֤עַר׀ (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) young
and גַּם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and and
now (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
am old; זָ֫קַ֥נְתִּי To be old am old
yet have I not וְֽלֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
seen רָ֭אִיתִי To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) seen
the righteous צַדִּ֣יק Just righteous
forsaken, נֶעֱזָ֑ב To loosen, i.e., relinquish, permit, etc forsaken
nor his seed וְ֝זַרְע֗וֹ Seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity seed
begging מְבַקֶּשׁ To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after begging
bread. לָֽחֶם׃ Food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it) bread

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  • 23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

  • 24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

  • 25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

  • 26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

  • 27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

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