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“And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.”

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Deuteronomy 28:26 Translation & Meaning

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And thy carcase נִבְלָֽתְךָ֙ A flabby thing, i.e., a carcase or carrion (human or bestial, often collectively); figuratively, an idol carcase
shall be וְהָֽיְתָ֤ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) shall be
meat לְמַֽאֲכָ֔ל An eatable (including provender, flesh and fruit) meat
unto all לְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
fowls ע֥וֹף A bird (as covered with feathers, or rather as covering with wings), often collectively fowls
of the air, הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) air
and unto the beasts וּלְבֶֽהֱמַ֣ת Properly, a dumb beast; especially any large quadruped or animal (often collective) beasts
of the earth, הָאָ֑רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
and no man וְאֵ֖ין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle no man
shall fray away. מַֽחֲרִֽיד׃ To shudder with terror; hence, to fear; also to hasten (with anxiety) fray away
them (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)

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  • 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.

  • 25  The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

  • 26  And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.

  • 27  The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.

  • 28  The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:


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