1 SAMUEL 9:3



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“And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.”

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1 Samuel 9:3 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And the asses הָֽאֲתֹנ֔וֹת A female donkey (from its docility) asses
of Kish לְקִ֖ישׁ Kish, the name of five Israelites Kish
Saul's שָׁא֑וּל Shaul, the name of an Edomite and two Israelites Sauls
father אֲבִ֣י Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
were lost. וַתֹּאבַ֙דְנָה֙ Properly, to wander away, i.e., lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy) lost
And Kish קִ֜ישׁ Kish, the name of five Israelites Kish
said וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
Saul שָׁא֣וּל Shaul, the name of an Edomite and two Israelites Saul
his son, בְּנ֗וֹ 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
Take קַח To take (in the widest variety of applications) Take
now נָ֤א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction now
one אַחַ֣ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first one
of the servants מֵֽהַנְּעָרִ֔ים (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) servants
with אִתְּךָ֙ Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
thee, and arise, וְק֣וּם To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) arise
go לֵ֔ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
seek בַּקֵּ֖שׁ To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after seek
the asses. הָֽאֲתֹנֹֽת׃ A female donkey (from its docility) asses

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  • 1  Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

  • 2  And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.

  • 3  And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.

  • 4  And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.

  • 5  And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.


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