94 occurrences in 14 translations

'May' in the Bible

That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight,

That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth -- "

That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.

May you turn to my argument! Behold, I shall pour out my spirit upon you; I will make my words known to you.

so that He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.

So may you walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God).

She is of more value than jewels, and nothing for which you may have a desire is fair in comparison with her.

My child, may they not escape from your {sight}; may you keep sound wisdom and prudence.

Listen, [my] sons, to a father's discipline, and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,

he taught me and said to me, "May your heart hold fast [to] my words; guard my commandments and live.

May they not escape from your {sight}; keep them in [the] midst of your heart.

That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

For fear that you may give your honour to others, and your wealth to strange men:

And strange men may be full of your wealth, and the fruit of your work go to the house of others;

May they be yours alone, and not for strangers [who are] with you.

a loving doe, a graceful deer; may her breasts satisfy you at all times, may you be captivated by her love always.

May a man take fire to his breast without burning his clothing?

Or may one go on lighted coals, and his feet not be burned?

Wounds will be his and loss of honour, and his shame may not be washed away.

Keep my commands so that you may live, and obey my instruction as your most prized possession.

That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

May your heart not turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her path.

Take my teaching and not silver; may you choose knowledge rather than choice gold.

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Listen to my instruction so that you may be wise, and do not neglect it.

Abandon your foolish ways so that you may live, and proceed in the way of understanding."

"Whoever is simple, may he turn here!" As for he who lacks {sense}, she says to him,

A man may give freely, and still his wealth will be increased; and another may keep back more than is right, but only comes to be in need.

A man may be acting as if he had wealth, but have nothing; another may seem poor, but have great wealth.

The life of a wealthy man may be held for ransom, but whoever is poor receives no threats.

The field of the poor may produce much food, but it can be swept away through injustice.

A king's glory is in the number of his people: and for need of people a ruler may come to destruction.

A thing may be put to the decision of chance, but it comes about through the Lord.

[May] a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring and not a fool in his folly.

The spirit of a man will endure his sickness, but a broken spirit, who may bear it?

All the brothers of a poor man hate him; how much more do his friends keep their distance from him! He may pursue [them with] words, [but] they are not [there].

If you scourge a scoffer, the simple person may learn to be discreet; rebuke a discerning man and he will gain understanding.

Even a child may be judged by his doings, if his work is free from sin and if it is right.

An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Haughtiness of eyes and a proud heart, even the tillage of the wicked or the lamp [of joy] to them [whatever it may be], are sin [in the eyes of God].

For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips.

That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.

in order to teach you true and reliable words, so that you may give a dependable report to those who sent you?

Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again, but the wicked will be brought down by calamity.

While your enemies are falling, do not rejoice; when he trips himself, may your heart not be glad

For fear that the Lord may see it, and it may be evil in his eyes, and his wrath may be turned away from him.

The heaven is high and the earth is deep, and the hearts of kings may not be searched out.

Or your hearer may say evil of you, and your shame will not be turned away.

If you have honey, take only as much as is enough for you; for fear that, being full of it, you may not be able to keep it down.

Let not your foot be frequently in your neighbour's house, or he may get tired of you, and his feeling be turned to hate.

Though his hatred may be concealed by deceit, his evil will be uncovered in the assembly.

May another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.

If a wise man goes to law with a foolish man, he may be angry or laughing, but there will be no rest.

For fear that if I am full, I may be false to you and say, Who is the Lord? or if I am poor, I may become a thief, using the name of my God wrongly.

Otherwise, they may drink and forget what has been ordained, perverting justice for all the oppressed.

Give to her from the fruit of her hand, and may they praise her works in the city gates.

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אלי אוּלי 
Usage: 45

הוה הוא 
be thou , be , shall be , may be , hath
Usage: 6

יכול יכל 
Usage: 194

Usage: 1

can , cannot , be able , may , able ,
Usage: 140

be lawful , may , let
Usage: 24

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can , be able , avail , prevail , be whole , cannot , can do , may ,
Usage: 19

it may be
Usage: 0

Usage: 12

Usage: 17

obtain , be , chance , little , enjoy , may be , not tr ,
Usage: 11

be , may be , should be , is , might be , were , not tr ,
Usage: 41

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