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“This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.”

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Genesis 31:38 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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This זֶה֩ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that This
twenty עֶשְׂרִ֨ים Twenty; also (ordinal) twentieth twenty
years שָׁנָ֤ה A year (as a revolution of time) years
have (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
I אָֽנֹכִי֙ I I
been (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with עִמָּ֔ךְ 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) with
thee; thy ewes רְחֵלֶ֥יךָ A ewe [the females being the predominant element of a flock] (as a good traveller) ewes
and thy she goats וְעִזֶּ֖יךָ A she-goat (as strong), but masculine in plural (which also is used elliptically for goat's hair) goats
have not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
cast their young, שִׁכֵּ֑לוּ Properly, to miscarry, i.e., suffer abortion; by analogy, to bereave (literally or figuratively) cast young
and the rams וְאֵילֵ֥י Properly, strength; hence, anything strong; specifically a ram (from his strength) rams
of thy flock צֹֽאנְךָ֖ A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) flock
have I not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
eaten. אָכָֽלְתִּי׃ To eat (literally or figuratively) eaten

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  • 36  And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?

  • 37  Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.

  • 38  This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.

  • 39  That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.

  • 40  Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.


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