GENESIS 21:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

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Genesis 21:17 Translation & Meaning

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And God אֱלֹהִים֮ 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
heard וַיִּשְׁמַ֣ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) heard
the voice ק֣וֹל A voice or sound voice
of the lad; הַנַּעַר֒ (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 the angel מַלְאַ֨ךְ A messenger; specifically, of God, i.e., an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher) angel
of God אֱלֹהִ֤ים׀ 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
called וַיִּקְרָא֩ To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
Hagar הָגָר֙ Hagar, the mother of Ishmael Hagar
out of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses out
heaven, הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heaven
and said וַיֹּ֥אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto her, What מַה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses unto her What
aileth thee, Hagar? הָגָ֑ר Hagar, the mother of Ishmael aileth Hagar
fear תִּ֣ירְאִ֔י To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten fear
not; אַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not
for כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
God אֱלֹהִ֛ים 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
hath heard שָׁמַ֧ע To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.) heard
the voice ק֥וֹל A voice or sound voice
of the lad הַנַּ֖עַר (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
where שָֽׁם׃ There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence where
he הוּא 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 he
is. (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)

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  • 15  And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

  • 16  And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

  • 17  And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

  • 18  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

  • 19  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.




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