GENESIS 12:13

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Genesis 12:13 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Say, אִמְרִי To say (used with great latitude) Say
I pray thee, נָ֖א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction pray
thou אָ֑תְּ Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
art (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
my sister: אֲחֹ֣תִי A sister (used very widely [like H0251], literally and figuratively) sister
that לְמַ֙עַן֙ Properly, heed, i.e., purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that that
it may be well יִֽיטַב To be (causative) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right) well
with me for thy sake; בַֽעֲבוּרֵ֔ךְ Properly, crossed, i.e., (abstractly) transit; used only adverbially, on account of, in order that sake
and my soul נַפְשִׁ֖י Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) soul
shall live וְחָֽיְתָ֥ה To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive live
because of thee. בִּגְלָלֵֽךְ׃ A circumstance (as rolled around); only used adverbially, on account of because

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  • 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.

  • 15  The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.




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