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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #0200 - אִוֶּלֶת
Nm ) al (לא LA) - Nothing: To be without, to not be. [Hebrew and Aramaic] [df: la hl] KJV (97): never, nay, no, none, nor, not, nothing, rather, whither, without, neither, none - Strongs: H408 (אַל), H409 (אַל), H3809 (לָה)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
(1) folly (from the root אָוַל). Very frequently in the Proverbs, as, 5:23 12:23 13:16 14:17, 18 Proverbs 14:18, 29 Proverbs 14:29, 15:2, 14 Proverbs 15:14, 21 Proverbs 15:21.
(2) impiety, Psalms 38:6 comp. נְבָלָה, 69:6.
(3) perhaps power, pre-eminence; as from the root אוּל No. 2, 3, Proverbs 14:24, אִוֶּלֶת בְּסִילִים אִוֶּלֶת “the pre-eminence (or great honours) of fools are folly,” i.e. a fountain of foolish actions. The writer appears to have played on the double signification of the word אִוֶּלֶת.
the Week of Proper 8 / Ordinary 13