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“And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.”

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Genesis 26:8 Translation & Meaning

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And it came to pass, וַיְהִ֗י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) came pass
when כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed when
he had been there שָׁם֙ There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence been
a long אָֽרְכוּ To be (causative, make) long (literally or figuratively) long
time, הַיָּמִ֔ים A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) time
that Abimelech אֲבִימֶ֙לֶךְ֙ Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites Abimelech
king מֶ֣לֶךְ A king king
of the Philistines פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים A Pelishtite or inhabitant of Pelesheth Philistines
looked out וַיַּשְׁקֵ֗ף Properly, to lean out (of a window), i.e., (by implication) peep or gaze (passively, be a spectacle) looked out
at בְּעַ֖ד In up to or over against; generally at, beside, among, behind, for, etc at
a window, הַֽחַלּ֑וֹן A window (as perforated) window
and saw, וַיַּ֗רְא To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) saw
and, behold, וְהִנֵּ֤ה Lo! behold
Isaac יִצְחָק֙ Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
sporting מְצַחֵ֔ק To laugh outright (in merriment or scorn); by implication, to sport sporting
with אֵ֖ת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) with
Rebekah רִבְקָ֥ה Ribkah, the wife of Isaac Rebekah
his wife. אִשְׁתּֽוֹ׃ A woman wife

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  • 6  And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

  • 7  And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

  • 8  And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

  • 9  And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

  • 10  And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.


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