GENESIS 20:11

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.”

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Genesis 20:11 Translation & Meaning

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And Abraham אַבְרָהָ֔ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
said, וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
Because כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed Because
I thought, אָמַ֗רְתִּי To say (used with great latitude) thought
Surely רַ֚ק Properly, leanness, i.e., (figuratively) limitation; only adverbial, merely, or conjunctional, although Surely
the fear יִרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of God אֱלֹהִ֔ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
not אֵין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle not
in this הַזֶּ֑ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that in this
place; בַּמָּק֖וֹם 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
and they will slay me וַֽהֲרָג֖וּנִי To smite with deadly intent slay
for עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications for
my wife's אִשְׁתִּֽי׃ A woman wifes
sake. דְּבַ֥ר A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause sake

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  • 9  Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

  • 10  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

  • 11  And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

  • 12  And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

  • 13  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.




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