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“The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.”

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Deuteronomy 28:22 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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The Lord יְ֠הוָה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
shall smite יַכְּכָ֣ה To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) smite
thee with a consumption, בַּשַּׁחֶ֨פֶת Emaciation consumption
and with a fever, וּבַקַּדַּ֜חַת Inflammation, i.e., febrile disease fever
and with an inflammation, וּבַדַּלֶּ֗קֶת A burning fever inflammation
and with an extreme burning, וּבַֽחַרְחֻר֙ Fever (as hot) extreme burning
and with the sword, וּבַחֶ֔רֶב Drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement sword
and with blasting, וּבַשִּׁדָּפ֖וֹן Blight blasting
and with mildew; וּבַיֵּֽרָק֑וֹן Paleness, whether of persons (from fright), or of plants (from drought) mildew
and they shall pursue וּרְדָפ֖וּךָ To run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively [of time] gone by) pursue
thee until עַ֥ד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
thou perish. אָבְדֶֽךָ׃ Properly, to wander away, i.e., lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy) perish

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  • 20  The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

  • 21  The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

  • 22  The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

  • 23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

  • 24  The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.


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