2 SAMUEL 23:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:”

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2 Samuel 23:20 Translation & Meaning

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And Benaiah וּבְנָיָ֨הוּ Benajah, the name of twelve Israelites Benaiah
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 Jehoiada, יְהֽוֹיָדָ֧ע Jehojada, the name of three Israelites Jehoiada
the son בֶּן 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 a valiant חַ֛יִ Probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength valiant
man, אִֽישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
of Kabzeel, מִֽקַּבְצְאֵ֑ל Kabtseel, a place in Palestine Kabzeel
who had done many רַב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) done many
acts, פְּעָלִ֖ים An act or work (concretely) acts
he ה֣וּא 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 he
slew הִכָּ֗ה To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) slew
two שְׁנֵ֤י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
lionlike men אֲרִאֵל֙ Lion of God; i.e., heroic lionlike men
of Moab: מוֹאָ֔ב Moab, an incestuous son of Lot; also his territory and descendants Moab
he וְ֠הוּא 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 he
went down יָרַ֞ד 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) down
also and slew וְהִכָּ֧ה To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) also slew
a lion הָאֲרִ֛יה A lion lion
in the midst בְּת֥וֹךְ A bisection, i.e., (by implication) the center midst
of a pit הַבֹּ֖אר A pit hole (especially one used as a cistern or a prison) pit
in time בְּי֥וֹם 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) time
of snow: הַשָּֽׁלֶג׃ Snow (probably from its whiteness) snow

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  • 18  And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three.

  • 19  Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

  • 20  And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:

  • 21  And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.

  • 22  These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.




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