2 SAMUEL 23:21

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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2 Samuel 23:21 Translation & Meaning

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And he וְהוּא 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 And he
slew הִכָּה֩ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) slew
an Egyptian, מִצְרִ֜י A Mitsrite, or inhabitant of Mitsrajim Egyptian
a goodly מַרְאֶ֗ה A view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision goodly
man: אִ֨ישׁ 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
and the Egyptian הַמִּצְרִי֙ A Mitsrite, or inhabitant of Mitsrajim Egyptian
had a spear חֲנִ֔ית A lance (for thrusting, like pitching a tent) spear
in his hand; וּבְיַ֤ד 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] hand
but he went down וַיֵּ֥רֶד 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
to אֵלָ֖יו Near, with or among; often in general, to to
him with a staff, בַּשָּׁ֑בֶט A scion, i.e., (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan staff
and plucked וַיִּגְזֹ֤ל To pluck off; specifically to flay, strip or rob plucked
the spear הַחֲנִית֙ A lance (for thrusting, like pitching a tent) spear
out of the Egyptian's הַמִּצְרִ֔י A Mitsrite, or inhabitant of Mitsrajim out Egyptians
hand, מִיַּ֣ד 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] hand
and slew וַיַּֽהַרְגֵ֖הוּ To smite with deadly intent slew
him with his own spear. בַּֽחֲנִיתֽוֹ׃ A lance (for thrusting, like pitching a tent) own spear

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  • 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.

  • 23  He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.




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