GENESIS 16:5

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.”

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Genesis 16:5 Translation & Meaning

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And Sarai שָׂרַ֣י 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, אַבְרָם֮ Abram, the original name of Abraham Abram
My wrong חֲמָסִ֣י Violence; by implication, wrong; by metonymy unjust gain wrong
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
upon עָלֶיךָ֒ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
thee: I אָֽנֹכִ֗י I thee I
have given נָתַ֤תִּי To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) given
my maid שִׁפְחָתִי֙ A female slave (as a member of the household) maid
into thy bosom; בְּחֵיקֶ֔ךָ The bosom (literally or figuratively) bosom
and when she saw וַתֵּ֙רֶא֙ To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) saw
that כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed that
she had conceived, הָרָ֔תָה To be (or become) pregnant, conceive (literally or figuratively) conceived
I was despised וָֽאֵקַ֖ל To be (causatively, make) light, literally (swift, small, sharp, etc.) or figuratively (easy, trifling, vile, etc.) despised
in her eyes: בְּעֵינֶ֑יהָ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) eyes
the Lord יְהוָ֖ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
judge יִשְׁפֹּ֥ט To judge, i.e., pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication, to vindicate or punish; by extenssion, to govern; passively, to litigate (literally or figuratively) judge
between בֵּינִ֥י Between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjunction, either...or between
me and thee. בֵּינִ֥י Between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjunction, either...or me and thee

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  • 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.

  • 5  And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.

  • 6  But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

  • 7  And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.




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