1 KINGS 2:8

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“And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.”

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1 Kings 2:8 Translation & Meaning

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And, behold, וְהִנֵּ֣ה Lo! behold
thou hast (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with עִ֠מְּךָ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
thee Shimei שִֽׁמְעִ֨י Shimi, the name of twenty Israelites Shimei
the son בֶן A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
of Gera, גֵּרָ֥א Gera, the name of six Israelites Gera
a Benjamite הַיְמִינִי֮ A Benjaminite, or descendent of Benjamin Benjamite
of Bahurim, מִבַּחֻרִים֒ Bachurim, a place in Palestine Bahurim
which וְה֤וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are which
cursed קִֽלְלַ֙נִי֙ To be (causatively, make) light, literally (swift, small, sharp, etc.) or figuratively (easy, trifling, vile, etc.) cursed
me with a grievous נִמְרֶ֔צֶת Properly, to press, i.e., (figuratively) to be pungent or vehement; to irritate grievous
curse קְלָלָ֣ה Vilification curse
in the day בְּי֖וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
when I went לֶכְתִּ֣י To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) when I went
to Mahanaim: מַֽחֲנָ֑יִם Machanajim, a place in Palestine Mahanaim
but he וְהֽוּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are but he
came down יָרַ֤ד To descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications) came down
to meet לִקְרָאתִי֙ An encountering, accidental, friendly or hostile (also adverbially, opposite) meet
me at Jordan, הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן Jarden, the principal river of Palestine Jordan
and I sware וָֽאֶשָּׁ֨בַֽע To seven oneself, i.e., swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times) sware
to him by the Lord, בַֽיהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
saying, לֵאמֹ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
I will not אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not not
put thee to death אֲמִֽיתְךָ֖ To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill put death
with the sword. בֶּחָֽרֶב׃ Drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement sword

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  • 6  Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.

  • 7  But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.

  • 8  And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.

  • 9  Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.

  • 10  So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.




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