mayim genuvim yimtaku


  • sent. 'Stolen waters are sweet'; illicit things are more enjoyable.

Example Sentences

  • "Furthermore, the Gemara argues that even marrying her would not have satisfied his desires, based on Rabbi Yitzhak’s teaching that the passage in Mishlei (9:17) mayim genuvim yimtaku – stolen waters are sweet." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מַיִם גְּנוּבִים יִמְתָּקו

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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