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“He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:”

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Exodus 9:20 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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He that feared הַיָּרֵא֙ To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten feared
the word דְּבַ֣ר A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause word
of the Lord יְהוָ֔ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
among the servants מֵֽעַבְדֵ֖י A servant among servants
of Pharaoh פַּרְעֹ֑ה Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaoh
made אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) made
his servants עֲבָדָ֥יו A servant servants
and his cattle מִקְנֵ֖הוּ Something bought, i.e., property, but only live stock; abstractly, acquisition cattle
flee הֵנִ֛יס To flit, i.e., vanish away (subside, escape; causatively, chase, impel, deliver) flee
into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to into
the houses: הַבָּתִּֽים׃ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) houses

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  • 18  Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.

  • 19  Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

  • 20  He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

  • 21  And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his cattle in the field.

  • 22  And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.


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