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“Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:”

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Genesis 19:19 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Behold הִנֵּה Lo! Behold
now, נָ֠א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction now
thy servant עַבְדְּךָ֣ A servant servant
hath found מָצָ֨א 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 found
grace חֵן֮ Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) grace
in thy sight, בְּעֵינֶיךָ֒ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) sight
and thou hast magnified וַתַּגְדֵּ֣ל To be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride) magnified
thy mercy, חַסְדְּךָ֗ Kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opposition) reproof, or (subject.) beauty mercy
which אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
thou hast shewed עָשִׂ֙יתָ֙ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application shewed
unto me עִמָּדִ֔י Along with unto me
in saving לְהַֽחֲי֖וֹת To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive saving
my life; נַפְשִׁ֑י Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) life
and I וְאָֽנֹכִ֗י I and I
cannot אוּכַל֙ To be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might) cannot
escape לְהִמָּלֵ֣ט Properly, to be smooth, i.e., (by implication) to escape (as if by slipperiness); causatively, to release or rescue; specifically, to bring forth young, emit sparks escape
to the mountain, הָהָ֔רָה A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mountain
lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest lest
some evil הָֽרָעָ֖ה Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) some evil
take תִּדְבָּקַ֥נִי Properly, to impinge, i.e., cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit take
me, and I die: וָמַֽתִּי׃ To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die

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  • 17  And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

  • 18  And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

  • 19  Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

  • 20  Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

  • 21  And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.


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