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“And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.”

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Genesis 14:14 Translation & Meaning

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And when Abram אַבְרָ֔ם Abram, the original name of Abraham Abram
heard וַיִּשְׁמַ֣ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) heard
that כִּ֥י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed that
his brother אָחִ֑יו A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother
was taken captive, נִשְׁבָּ֖ה To transport into captivity taken captive
he armed וַיָּ֨רֶק To pour out (literally or figuratively), i.e., empty armed
his trained חֲנִיכָ֜יו Initiated; i.e., practiced trained
servants, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
born יְלִידֵ֣י Born born
in his own house, בֵית֗וֹ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) own house
three וּשְׁלֹ֣שׁ Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice three
hundred מֵא֔וֹת A hundred; also as a multiplicative and a fraction hundred
and eighteen, עָשָׂר֙ Ten (only in combination), i.e., -teen; also (ordinal) -teenth eighteen
and pursued וַיִּרְדֹּ֖ף To run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively [of time] gone by) pursued
them (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
unto עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) unto
Dan. דָּֽן׃ Dan, one of the sons of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory; likewise a place in Palestine colonized by them Dan

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  • 12  And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

  • 13  And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.

  • 14  And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

  • 15  And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

  • 16  And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.


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