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“And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;”

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Genesis 28:8 Translation & Meaning

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And Esau עֵשָׂ֔ו Esav, a son of Isaac, including his posterity Esau
seeing וַיַּ֣רְא To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) seeing
that כִּ֥י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed that
the daughters בְּנ֣וֹת A daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively) daughters
of Canaan כְּנָ֑עַן Kenaan, a son a Ham; also the country inhabited by him Canaan
pleased בְּעֵינֵ֖י An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) pleased
not רָע֖וֹת Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) not
Isaac יִצְחָ֥ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
his father; אָבִֽיו׃ Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father

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  • 6  When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;

  • 7  And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;

  • 8  And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

  • 9  Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

  • 10  And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.


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