GENESIS 12:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.”

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Genesis 12:12 Translation & Meaning

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Therefore it shall come to pass, וְהָיָ֗ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) Therefore come pass
when כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed when
the Egyptians הַמִּצְרִ֔ים A Mitsrite, or inhabitant of Mitsrajim Egyptians
shall see יִרְא֤וּ To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) see
thee, that they shall say, וְאָֽמְר֖וּ To say (used with great latitude) say
This זֹ֑את This (often used adverb) This
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
his wife: אִשְׁתּ֣וֹ A woman wife
and they will kill וְהָֽרְג֥וּ To smite with deadly intent kill
me, but they will save thee alive. יְחַיּֽוּ׃ To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive save alive

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  • 10  And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

  • 11  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

  • 12  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

  • 13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

  • 14  And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.




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