GENESIS 1:30

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And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”

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Genesis 1:30 Translation & Meaning

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And to every וּֽלְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every
beast חַיַּ֣ת Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively beast
of the earth, הָ֠אָרֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
and to every וּלְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every
fowl ע֨וֹף A bird (as covered with feathers, or rather as covering with wings), often collectively fowl
of the air, הַשָּׁמַ֜יִם 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 to every thing וּלְכֹ֣ל׀ Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every thing
that creepeth רוֹמֵ֣שׂ Properly, to glide swiftly, i.e., to crawl or move with short steps; by analogy to swarm creepeth
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 earth, הָאָ֗רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
wherein אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc wherein
there is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
life, נֶ֣פֶשׁ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) life
I have given (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
every כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every
green יֶ֥רֶק Properly, pallor, i.e., hence, the yellowish green of young and sickly vegetation; concretely, verdure, i.e., grass or vegetation green
herb עֵ֖שֶׂב Grass (or any tender shoot) herb
for meat: לְאָכְלָ֑ה Food meat
and it was וַֽיְהִי To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and it was
so. כֵֽן׃ Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) so

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  • 28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

  • 29  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

  • 30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

  • 31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.




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