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“And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.”

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Genesis 12:16 Translation & Meaning

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And he entreated Abram וּלְאַבְרָ֥ם Abram, the original name of Abraham entreated Abram
well הֵיטִ֖יב To be (causative) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right) well
for her sake: בַּֽעֲבוּרָ֑הּ Properly, crossed, i.e., (abstractly) transit; used only adverbially, on account of, in order that sake
and he had וַֽיְהִי To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and he had
sheep, צֹאן A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) sheep
and oxen, וּבָקָר֙ A beeve or an animal of the ox family of either gender (as used for plowing); collectively, a herd oxen
and he asses, וַֽחֲמֹרִ֔ים A male ass (from its dun red) asses
and menservants, וַֽעֲבָדִים֙ A servant menservants
and maidservants, וּשְׁפָחֹ֔ת A female slave (as a member of the household) maidservants
and she asses, וַֽאֲתֹנֹ֖ת A female donkey (from its docility) asses
and camels. וּגְמַלִּֽים׃ A camel camels

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  • 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.

  • 16  And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

  • 17  And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

  • 18  And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?


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