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“Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.”

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Deuteronomy 28:48 Translation & Meaning

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Therefore shalt thou serve וְעָֽבַדְתָּ֣ To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc Therefore serve
thine enemies אֹֽיְבֶ֗יךָ Hating; an adversary thine enemies
which אֲשֶׁ֨ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
shall send יְשַׁלְּחֶ֤נּוּ To send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications) send
against thee, in hunger, בְּרָעָ֧ב Hunger (more or less extensive) against hunger
and in thirst, וּבְצָמָ֛א Thirst (literally or figuratively) thirst
and in nakedness, וּבְעֵירֹ֖ם Nudity nakedness
and in want וּבְחֹ֣סֶר Poverty want
of all כֹּ֑ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
things: (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
and he shall put וְנָתַ֞ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) put
a yoke עֹ֤ל A yoke (as imposed on the neck), literally or figuratively yoke
of iron בַּרְזֶל֙ Iron (as cutting); by extension, an iron implement iron
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
thy neck, צַוָּארֶ֔ךָ The back of the neck (as that on which burdens are bound) neck
until עַ֥ד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
he have destroyed הִשְׁמִיד֖וֹ To desolate destroyed
thee. הִשְׁמִיד֖וֹ To desolate thee

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  • 46  And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

  • 47  Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

  • 48  Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

  • 49  The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

  • 50  A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:


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