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“The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,”

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Deuteronomy 28:56 Translation & Meaning

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The tender הָֽרַכָּ֨ה Tender (literally or figuratively); by implication, weak tender
and delicate woman וְהָֽעֲנֻגָּ֗ה Luxurious delicate woman
among you, which אֲשֶׁ֨ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc among
would not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles would not
adventure נִסְּתָ֤ה To test; by implication, to attempt adventure
to set הַצֵּ֣ג To place permanently set
the sole כַף The hollow hand or palm (so of the paw of an animal, of the sole, and even of the bowl of a dish or sling, the handle of a bolt, the leaves of a palm-tree); figuratively, power sole
of her foot רַגְלָהּ֙ A foot (as used in walking); by implication, a step; by euphemistically the pudenda foot
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the ground הָאָ֔רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) ground
for delicateness מֵֽהִתְעַנֵּ֖ג To be soft or pliable, i.e., (figuratively) effeminate or luxurious delicateness
and tenderness, וּמֵרֹ֑ךְ Softness (figuratively) tenderness
her eye עֵינָהּ֙ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) eye
shall be evil תֵּרַ֤ע Properly, to spoil (literally, by breaking to pieces); figuratively, to make (or be) good for nothing, i.e., bad (physically, socially or morally) evil
toward the husband בְּאִ֣ישׁ 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) toward husband
of her bosom, חֵיקָ֔הּ The bosom (literally or figuratively) bosom
and toward her son, וּבִבְנָ֖הּ 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.) toward son
and toward her daughter, וּבְבִתָּֽהּ׃ A daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively) toward daughter

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  • 54  So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:

  • 55  So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.

  • 56  The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,

  • 57  And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.

  • 58  If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;


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