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“And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:”

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Genesis 30:31 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And he said, וַיֹּ֖אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
What מָ֣ה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses What
shall I give thee? אֶתֶּן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
And Jacob יַֽעֲקֹב֙ Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
said, וַיֹּ֤אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Thou shalt not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
give תִתֶּן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
me any thing: מְא֔וּמָה Properly, a speck or point, i.e., (by implication) something; with negative, nothing any thing
if אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
thou wilt do תַּֽעֲשֶׂה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application wilt do
this הַזֶּ֔ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
thing הַדָּבָ֣ר A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause thing
for me, I will again אָשׁ֛וּבָה To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again again
feed אֶרְעֶ֥ה To tend a flock; i.e., pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend) feed
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
keep אֶשְׁמֹֽר׃ Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc keep
thy flock: צֹֽאנְךָ֖ A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) flock

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  • 29  And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.

  • 30  For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?

  • 31  And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:

  • 32  I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.

  • 33  So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.


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