אם לא יועיל, לא יזיק

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Just in time

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English - America
Hi, everyone! Could someone please tell me what אם לא יועיל, לא יזיק means? I'm guessing If it won't be useful, it won't be harmful.
 
  • slus

    Senior Member
    Hebrew - Israel
    Hi,
    It literally means If it won't help, at least it won't harm, but it's a common phrase actually meaning it is worth a shot.
     

    Ali Smith

    Senior Member
    Urdu - Pakistan
    The root letters for יועיל are, of course, י-ע-ל, but what are the root letters for יזיק? I'm guessing נ-ז-ק because I know לְהַזִּיק means "to be harmful".
     
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