GENESIS 21:23

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.”

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Genesis 21:23 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Now וְעַתָּ֗ה At this time, whether adverb, conjunction or expletive Now
therefore swear הִשָּׁ֨בְעָה To seven oneself, i.e., swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times) therefore swear
unto me here הֵ֔נָּה Hither or thither (but used both of place and time) here
by God בֵֽאלֹהִים֙ 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
that thou wilt not deal falsely תִּשְׁקֹ֣ר To cheat, i.e., be untrue (usually in words) wilt not deal falsely
with me, nor with my son, וּלְנִינִ֖י Progeny son
nor with my son's son: וּלְנֶכְדִּ֑י Offspring sons son
but (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
according to the kindness כַּחֶ֜סֶד Kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opposition) reproof, or (subject.) beauty according kindness
that אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
I have done עָשִׂ֤יתִי To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application done
unto עִמְּךָ֙ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) unto
thee, thou shalt do תַּֽעֲשֶׂ֣ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
unto עִמָּדִ֔י Along with unto
me, and to וְעִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) me and to
the land הָאָ֖רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
wherein אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc wherein
thou hast sojourned. גַּ֥רְתָּה Properly, to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), i.e., sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid) sojourned

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  • 21  And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

  • 22  And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

  • 23  Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

  • 24  And Abraham said, I will swear.

  • 25  And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.




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