GENESIS 21:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.”

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Genesis 21:12 Translation & Meaning

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And God אֱלֹהִ֜ים 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
said וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Abraham, אַבְרָהָ֗ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
Let it not אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing Let not
be grievous יֵרַ֤ע Properly, to spoil (literally, by breaking to pieces); figuratively, to make (or be) good for nothing, i.e., bad (physically, socially or morally) grievous
in thy sight בְּעֵינֶ֙יךָ֙ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) sight
because of עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications because
the lad, הַנַּ֣עַר (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) lad
and because of וְעַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications because
thy bondwoman; אֲמָתֶ֔ךָ A maid-servant or female slave bondwoman
in all כֹּל֩ Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
that אֲשֶׁ֨ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
Sarah שָׂרָ֖ה Sarah, Abraham's wife Sarah
hath said תֹּאמַ֥ר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֵלֶ֛יךָ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
thee, hearken שְׁמַ֣ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) hearken
unto her voice; בְּקֹלָ֑הּ A voice or sound voice
for כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
in Isaac בְיִצְחָ֔ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
shall thy seed זָֽרַע׃ Seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity seed
be called. יִקָּרֵ֥א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called

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  • 10  Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

  • 11  And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.

  • 12  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

  • 13  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

  • 14  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.




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