GENESIS 16:2

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“And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.”

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Genesis 16:2 Translation & Meaning

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And Sarai שָׂרַ֜י Sarai, the wife of Abraham Sarai
said וַתֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Abram, אַבְרָ֗ם Abram, the original name of Abraham Abram
Behold הִנֵּה Lo! Behold
now, נָ֞א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction now
the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
hath restrained me עֲצָרַ֤נִי To inclose; by analogy, to hold back; also to maintain, rule, assemble restrained
from bearing: מִלֶּ֔דֶת To bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage bearing
I pray thee, נָא֙ 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction pray
go in בֹּא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) go
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
my maid; שִׁפְחָתִ֔י A female slave (as a member of the household) maid
it may be that אוּלַ֥י If not; hence perhaps it may be that
I may obtain children אִבָּנֶ֖ה To build (literally and figuratively) obtain children
by her. מִמֶּ֑נָּה Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses by her
And Abram אַבְרָ֖ם Abram, the original name of Abraham Abram
hearkened וַיִּשְׁמַ֥ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) hearkened
to the voice לְק֥וֹל A voice or sound voice
of Sarai. שָׂרָֽי׃ Sarai, the wife of Abraham Sarai

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  • 1  Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

  • 2  And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

  • 3  And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

  • 4  And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.




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