1 SAMUEL 17:36

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”

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1 Samuel 17:36 Translation & Meaning

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Thy servant עַבְדֶּ֑ךָ A servant servant
slew הִכָּ֣ה To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) slew
both גַּ֧ם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and both
the lion הָאֲרִ֛י A lion lion
and גַּם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and and
the bear: הַדּ֖וֹב The bear (as slow) bear
and this הַזֶּה֙ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that and this
uncircumcised הֶֽעָרֵ֤ל Properly, exposed, i.e., projecting loose (as to the prepuce); used only technically, uncircumcised (i.e., still having the prepuce uncurtailed) uncircumcised
Philistine הַפְּלִשְׁתִּ֨י A Pelishtite or inhabitant of Pelesheth Philistine
shall be וְֽ֠הָיָה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) shall be
as one כְּאַחַ֣ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first one
of them, seeing כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed seeing
he hath defied חֵרֵ֔ף To pull off, i.e., (by implication) to expose (as by stripping); specifically, to betroth (as if a surrender); figuratively, to carp at, i.e., defame; to spend the winter defied
the armies מַֽעַרְכֹ֖ת An arrangement; concretely, a pile; specifically a military array armies
of the living חַיִּֽים׃ Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively living
God. אֱלֹהִ֥ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God

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  • 34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

  • 35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

  • 36  Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

  • 37  David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

  • 38  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.




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