GENESIS 12:8

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“And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.

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Genesis 12:8 Translation & Meaning

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And he removed וַיַּעְתֵּ֨ק To remove (intransitive or transitive) figuratively, to grow old; specifically, to transcribe removed
from thence מִשָּׁ֜ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence thence
unto a mountain הָהָ֗רָה A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mountain
on the east מִקֶּ֛דֶם The front, of place (absolutely, the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity); often used adverbially (before, anciently, eastward) east
of Beth-el, אֵ֖ל Beth-El, a place in Palestine Bethel
and pitched וַיֵּ֣ט To stretch or spread out; by implication, to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of application (as follows) pitched
his tent, אָֽהֳלֹ֑ה A tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance) tent
having (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
Beth-el אֵ֤ל Beth-El, a place in Palestine Bethel
on the west, מִיָּם֙ A sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article), the Mediterranean Sea; sometimes a large river, or an artifical basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south west
and Hai וְהָעַ֣י Ai, Aja or Ajath, a place in Palestine Hai
on the east: מִקֶּ֔דֶם The front, of place (absolutely, the fore part, relatively the East) or time (antiquity); often used adverbially (before, anciently, eastward) east
and there שָׁ֤ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence and there
he builded וַיִּֽבֶן To build (literally and figuratively) builded
an altar מִזְבֵּ֙חַ֙ An altar altar
unto the Lord, לַֽיהוָ֔ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and called וַיִּקְרָ֖א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
upon the name בְּשֵׁ֥ם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character upon name
of the Lord. יְהוָֽה׃ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord

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  • 6  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

  • 7  And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

  • 8  And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.

  • 9  And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

  • 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.




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