GENESIS 18:2

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,”

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Genesis 18:2 Translation & Meaning

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And he lift up וַיִּשָּׂ֤א To lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absolute and relative lift up
his eyes עֵינָיו֙ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) eyes
and looked, וַיַּ֔רְא To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) looked
and, lo, וְהִנֵּה֙ Lo! lo
three שְׁלֹשָׁ֣ה Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice three
men אֲנָשִׁ֔ים A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
stood נִצָּבִ֖ים To station, in various applications (literally or figuratively) stood
by עָלָ֑יו Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications by
him: and when he saw וַיַּ֗רְא To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) saw
them, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
he ran וַיָּ֤רָץ To run (for whatever reason, especially to rush) ran
to meet לִקְרָאתָם֙ An encountering, accidental, friendly or hostile (also adverbially, opposite) meet
them from the tent הָאֹ֔הֶל A tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance) tent
door, מִפֶּ֣תַח An opening (literally), i.e., door (gate) or entrance way door
and bowed וַיִּשְׁתַּ֖חוּ To depress, i.e., prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God) bowed
himself toward the ground, אָֽרְצָה׃ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) himself toward ground

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  • 1  And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

  • 2  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

  • 3  And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

  • 4  Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:




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