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“And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.”

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Genesis 19:11 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And they smote הִכּוּ֙ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) smote
the men הָאֲנָשִׁ֞ים 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
that אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
were (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
at the door פֶּ֣תַח An opening (literally), i.e., door (gate) or entrance way door
of the house הַבַּ֗יִת A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
with blindness, בַּסַּנְוֵרִ֔ים (in plural) blindness blindness
both small מִקָּטֹ֖ן Abbreviated, i.e., diminutive, literally (in quantity, size or number) or figuratively (in age or importance) both small
and great: גָּד֑וֹל Great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent great
so that וְעַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) so that
they wearied themselves וַיִּלְא֖וּ To tire; (figuratively) to be (or make) disgusted wearied themselves
to find לִמְצֹ֥א Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present find
the door. הַפָּֽתַח׃ An opening (literally), i.e., door (gate) or entrance way door

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  • 9  And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

  • 10  But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

  • 11  And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

  • 12  And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

  • 13  For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.


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