1 SAMUEL 16:2

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“And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

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1 Samuel 16:2 Translation & Meaning

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And Samuel שְׁמוּאֵל֙ Shemuel, the name of three Israelites Samuel
said, וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
How אֵ֣יךְ How? or how!; also where How
can I go? אֵלֵ֔ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) can go
if Saul שָׁא֖וּל Shaul, the name of an Edomite and two Israelites if Saul
hear וְשָׁמַ֥ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) hear
it, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
he will kill וַֽהֲרָגָ֑נִי To smite with deadly intent kill
me. And the Lord יְהוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Take תִּקַּ֣ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) Take
an heifer בָּקָר֙ A beeve or an animal of the ox family of either gender (as used for plowing); collectively, a herd heifer
with thee, בְּיָדֶ֔ךָ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] with thee
and say, וְאָ֣מַרְתָּ֔ To say (used with great latitude) say
I am come בָּֽאתִי׃ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) am come
to sacrifice לִזְבֹּ֥חַ To slaughter an animal (usually in sacrifice) sacrifice
to the Lord. לַֽיהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord

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  • 1  And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

  • 2  And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord.

  • 3  And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.

  • 4  And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?




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