GENESIS 15:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.”

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Genesis 15:4 Translation & Meaning

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And, behold, וְהִנֵּ֨ה Lo! behold
the word דְבַר A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause word
of the Lord יְהוָ֤ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
came (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
unto אֵלָיו֙ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
him, saying, לֵאמֹ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
This זֶ֑ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that This
shall not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
be thine heir; יִֽירָשְׁךָ֖ To occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication, to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin thine heir
but אִם֙ Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not but
he that אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc he that
shall come forth יֵצֵ֣א To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim come forth
out of thine own bowels מִמֵּעֶ֔יךָ Used only in plural the intestines, or (collectively) the abdomen, figuratively, sympathy; by implication, a vest; by extension the stomach, the uterus (or of men, the seat of generation), the heart (figuratively) out thine own bowels
shall be thine heir. יִֽירָשֶֽׁךָ׃ To occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication, to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin thine heir

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  • 2  And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

  • 3  And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

  • 4  And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

  • 5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

  • 6  And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.




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