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“And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?”

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Genesis 30:2 Translation & Meaning

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And Jacob's יַֽעֲקֹ֖ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacobs
anger אַ֥ף Properly, the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire anger
was kindled וַיִּֽחַר To glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy kindled
against Rachel: בְּרָחֵ֑ל Rachel, a wife of Jacob against Rachel
and he said, וַיֹּ֗אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
I אָנֹ֔כִי I I
in God's אֱלֹהִים֙ 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 Gods
stead, הֲתַ֤חַת The bottom (as depressed); only adverbially, below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc stead
who אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc who
hath withheld מָנַ֥ע To debar (negatively or positively) from benefit or injury withheld
from מִמֵּ֖ךְ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses from
thee the fruit פְּרִי Fruit (literally or figuratively) fruit
of the womb? בָֽטֶן׃ The belly, especially the womb; also the bosom or body of anything womb

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  • 1  And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

  • 2  And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

  • 3  And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.

  • 4  And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.


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