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“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.”

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Genesis 13:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Arise, ק֚וּם To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) Arise
walk הִתְהַלֵּ֣ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) walk
through the land בָּאָ֔רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) through land
in the length לְאָרְכָּ֖הּ Length length
of it and in the breadth וּלְרָחְבָּ֑הּ Width (literally or figuratively) breadth
of it; for כִּ֥י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed of it for
I will give אֶתְּנֶֽנָּה׃ To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
it unto thee. אֶתְּנֶֽנָּה׃ To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) it unto thee

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  • 15  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

  • 16  And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

  • 17  Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

  • 18  Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the Lord.


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