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“To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.”

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Deuteronomy 4:38 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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To drive out לְהוֹרִ֗ישׁ To occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication, to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin drive out
nations גּוֹיִ֛ם A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nations
from before מִפָּנֶ֑יךָ The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
thee greater גְּדֹלִ֧ים Great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent greater
and mightier וַֽעֲצֻמִ֛ים Powerful (specifically, a paw); by implication, numerous mightier
than מִמְּךָ֖ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses than
thou to bring לַהֲבִֽיאֲךָ֗ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) bring
art, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
thee in, to give לָֽתֶת To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
thee אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) thee
their land אַרְצָ֛ם The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
for (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
an inheritance, נַֽחֲלָ֖ה Properly, something inherited, i.e., (abstractly) occupancy, or (concretely) an heirloom; generally an estate, patrimony or portion inheritance
as this הַזֶּֽה׃ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that as this
it is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
day. כַּיּ֥וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day

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  • 36  Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

  • 37  And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;

  • 38  To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

  • 39  Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

  • 40  Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever.


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