GENESIS 19:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Genesis 19:20 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
this הַזֹּ֧את This (often used adverb) this
city הָעִ֨יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
near קְרֹבָ֛ה Near (in place, kindred or time) near
to flee לָנ֥וּס To flit, i.e., vanish away (subside, escape; causatively, chase, impel, deliver) flee
unto, שָׁ֖מָּה There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence unto
and it וְהִ֣יא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are and it
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a little one: מִצְעָ֑ר Petty (in size or number); adverbially, a short (time) little one
Oh, נָּ֜א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction Oh
let me escape אִמָּֽלְטָ֨ה 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 let escape
thither, שָׁ֗מָּה There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence thither
(is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
it הִ֖וא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are it
not הֲלֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
a little one?) מִצְעָ֛ר Petty (in size or number); adverbially, a short (time) little one
and my soul נַפְשִֽׁי׃ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) soul
shall live. וּתְחִ֥י To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive live

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  • 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.

  • 22  Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.




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