GENESIS 18:19

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

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Genesis 18:19 Translation & Meaning

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For כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
I know יְדַעְתִּ֗יו To know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) know
him, that אֲשֶׁ֨ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc him that
he will command יְצַוֶּ֜ה (intensively) to constitute, enjoin command
his children בָּנָ֤יו A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) children
and his household בֵּיתוֹ֙ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) household
after אַֽחֲרָ֔יו Properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) after
him, and they shall keep וְשָֽׁמְרוּ֙ Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc keep
the way דֶּ֣רֶךְ A road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb way
of the Lord, יְהוָ֔ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
to do לַֽעֲשׂ֥וֹת To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
justice צְדָקָ֖ה Rightness (abstractly), subjectively (rectitude), objectively (justice), morally (virtue) or figuratively (prosperity) justice
and judgment; וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט Properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (participant's) divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly, justice, including a participant's right or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style judgment
that לְמַ֗עַן Properly, heed, i.e., purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that that
the Lord יְהוָה֙ (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
may bring הָבִ֤יא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) bring
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
Abraham אַבְרָהָ֔ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
that which אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that which
he hath spoken דִּבֶּ֖ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue spoken
of עָלָֽיו׃ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications of
him. עָלָֽיו׃ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications him

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  • 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?

  • 19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

  • 20  And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

  • 21  I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.




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