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“And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.”

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Genesis 18:16 Translation & Meaning

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And the men הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֔ים Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) men
rose up וַיָּקֻ֤מוּ To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) rose up
from thence, מִשָּׁם֙ There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence thence
and looked וַיַּשְׁקִ֖פוּ Properly, to lean out (of a window), i.e., (by implication) peep or gaze (passively, be a spectacle) looked
toward פְּנֵ֣י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) toward
Sodom: סְדֹ֑ם Sedom, a place near the Dead Sea Sodom
and Abraham וְאַ֨בְרָהָ֔ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
went הֹלֵ֥ךְ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) went
with עִמָּ֖ם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
them to bring them on the way. לְשַׁלְּחָֽם׃ To send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications) bring way

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  • 14  Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

  • 15  Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

  • 16  And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

  • 17  And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

  • 18  Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?


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