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“It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.”

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Genesis 31:29 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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It is יֶשׁ There is or are (or any other form of the verb to be, as may suit the connection) It is
in the power לְאֵ֣ל Strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity) power
of my hand יָדִ֔י A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
to do לַֽעֲשׂ֥וֹת To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
you hurt: רָ֑ע Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) hurt
but the God וֵֽאלֹהֵ֨י 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 God
of your father אֲבִיכֶ֜ם Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
spake אָמַ֧ר To say (used with great latitude) spake
unto אֵלַ֣י Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
me yesternight, אֶ֣מֶשׁ׀ Yesterday or last night yesternight
saying, לֵאמֹ֗ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
Take thou heed הִשָּׁ֧מֶר Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc Take heed
that thou speak not מִדַּבֵּ֥ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue speak not
to עִמָּכֶ֖ם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) to
Jacob יַעֲקֹ֖ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
either good מִטּ֥וֹב Good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well) either good
or עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) or
bad. רָֽע׃ Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) bad

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  • 27  Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?

  • 28  And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.

  • 29  It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

  • 30  And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?

  • 31  And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.


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