GENESIS 19:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:”

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Genesis 19:4 Translation & Meaning

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But before טֶרֶם֮ Properly, non-occurrence; used adverbially, not yet or before before
they lay down, יִשְׁכָּבוּ֒ To lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose) lay down
the men וְאַנְשֵׁ֨י Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) men
of the city, הָעִ֜יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
even (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the men אַנְשֵׁ֤י Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) men
of Sodom, סְדֹם֙ Sedom, a place near the Dead Sea Sodom
compassed נָסַ֣בּוּ To revolve, surround, or border; used in various applications, literally and figuratively compassed
the house הַבַּ֔יִת A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
round, both old זָקֵ֑ן Old round both old
and young, מִנַּ֖עַר (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) young
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the people הָעָ֖ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
from every quarter: מִקָּצֶֽה׃ An extremity every quarter

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  • 2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

  • 3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

  • 4  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

  • 5  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

  • 6  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,




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