GENESIS 26:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Genesis 26:9 Translation & Meaning

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And Abimelech אֲבִימֶ֜לֶךְ Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites Abimelech
called וַיִּקְרָ֨א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
Isaac, לְיִצְחָ֗ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
and said, וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
Behold, הִנֵּ֤ה Lo! Behold
of a surety אַ֣ךְ A particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only surety
she הִ֔וא 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 she
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
thy wife: אִשְׁתְּךָ֙ A woman wife
and how וְאֵ֥יךְ How? or how!; also where how
saidst אָמַ֖רְתָּ To say (used with great latitude) saidst
thou, She הִ֑וא 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 thou She
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
my sister? אֲחֹ֣תִי A sister (used very widely [like H0251], literally and figuratively) sister
And Isaac יִצְחָ֔ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
said וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֵלָיו֙ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
him, Because כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed Because
I said, אָמַ֔רְתִּי To say (used with great latitude) said
Lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest Lest
I die אָמ֖וּת To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die
for עָלֶֽיהָ׃ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications for
her. עָלֶֽיהָ׃ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications her

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  • 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.

  • 11  And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.




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