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“Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?”

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Genesis 18:24 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Peradventure אוּלַ֥י If not; hence perhaps Peradventure
there be יֵ֛שׁ There is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection) there be
fifty חֲמִשִּׁ֥ים Fifty fifty
righteous צַדִּיקִ֖ם Just righteous
within בְּת֣וֹךְ A bisection, i.e., (by implication) the center within
the city: הָעִ֑יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
wilt thou also הַאַ֤ף Meaning accession (used as an adverb or conjunction); also or yea; adversatively though wilt also
destroy תִּסְפֶּה֙ Properly, to scrape (literally, to shave; but usually figuratively) together (i.e., to accumulate or increase) or away (i.e., to scatter, remove, or ruin; intransitively, to perish) destroy
and not וְלֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
spare תִשָּׂ֣א To lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absolute and relative spare
the place לַמָּק֔וֹם Properly, a standing, i.e., a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind) place
for לְמַ֛עַן Properly, heed, i.e., purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically, in order that for
the fifty חֲמִשִּׁ֥ים Fifty fifty
righteous הַצַּדִּיקִ֖ם Just righteous
that אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
therein? בְּקִרְבָּֽהּ׃ Properly, the nearest part, i.e., the center, whether literal, figurative or adverbial (especially with preposition) therein

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  • 22  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.

  • 23  And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

  • 24  Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

  • 25  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

  • 26  And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.


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