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“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”

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Psalm 4:4 Translation & Meaning

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Stand in awe, רִגְז֗וּ To quiver (with any violent emotion, especially anger or fear) Stand awe
and sin תֶּ֫חֱטָ֥אוּ Properly, to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn sin
not: וְֽאַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
commune אִמְר֣וּ To say (used with great latitude) commune
with your own heart בִ֭לְבַבְכֶם The heart (as the most interior organ) own heart
upon עַֽל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
your bed, מִשְׁכַּבְכֶ֗ם A bed (figuratively, a bier); abstractly, sleep; by euphemism, carnal intercourse bed
and be still. וְדֹ֣מּוּ To be dumb; by implication, to be astonished, to stop; also to perish still
Selah. סֶֽלָה׃ Suspension (of music), i.e., pause Selah

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  • 2  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

  • 3  But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

  • 4  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

  • 5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

  • 6  There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

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