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“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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Genesis 13:18 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Then Abram אַבְרָ֗ם Abram, the original name of Abraham Then Abram
removed tent, וַיֶּֽאֱהַ֣ל To tent removed tent
his (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
and came וַיָּבֹ֛א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) came
and dwelt וַיֵּ֛שֶׁב Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry dwelt
in the plain בְּאֵֽלֹנֵ֥י An oak or other strong tree plain
of Mamre, מַמְרֵ֖א Mamre, an Amorite Mamre
which אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in Hebron, בְּחֶבְר֑וֹן Chebron, a place in Palestine Hebron
and built וַיִּֽבֶן To build (literally and figuratively) built
there שָׁ֥ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence there
an altar מִזְבֵּ֖חַ An altar altar
unto the Lord. לַֽיהוָֽה׃ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord

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  • 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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