GENESIS 22:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

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Genesis 22:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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That כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed That
in blessing בָרֵ֣ךְ To kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason) blessing
I will bless אֲבָֽרֶכְךָ֗ To kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason) bless
thee, and in multiplying וְהַרְבָּ֨ה To increase (in whatever respect) multiplying
I will multiply אַרְבֶּ֤ה To increase (in whatever respect) multiply
thy seed זַרְעֲךָ֙ Seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity seed
as the stars כְּכֽוֹכְבֵ֣י A star (as round or as shining); figuratively, a prince stars
of the 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 as the sand וְכַח֕וֹל Sand (as round or whirling particles) sand
which אֲשֶׁ֖ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the sea הַיָּ֑ם A sea (as breaking in noisy surf) or large body of water; specifically (with the article), the Mediterranean Sea; sometimes a large river, or an artifical basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south sea
shore; שְׂפַ֣ת The lip (as a natural boundary); by implication, language; by analogy, a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.) shore
and thy seed זַרְעֲךָ֔ Seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity seed
shall possess וְיִרַ֣שׁ To occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication, to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin possess
the gate שַׁ֥עַר An opening, i.e., door or gate gate
of his enemies; אֹֽיְבָֽיו׃ Hating; an adversary enemies

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  • 15  And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

  • 16  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

  • 17  That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

  • 18  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

  • 19  So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.




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