GENESIS 32:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:”

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Genesis 32:4 Translation & Meaning

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And he commanded וַיְצַ֤ו (intensively) to constitute, enjoin commanded
them, saying, לֵאמֹ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
Thus כֹּ֣ה Properly, like this, i.e., by implication, (of manner) thus (or so); also (of place) here (or hither); or (of time) now Thus
shall ye speak תֹֽאמְר֔וּן To say (used with great latitude) speak
unto my lord לַֽאדֹנִ֖י Sovereign, i.e., controller (human or divine) lord
Esau; לְעֵשָׂ֑ו Esav, a son of Isaac, including his posterity Esau
Thy servant עַבְדְּךָ֣ A servant servant
Jacob יַֽעֲקֹ֔ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
saith אָמַר֙ To say (used with great latitude) saith
thus, כֹּ֤ה Properly, like this, i.e., by implication, (of manner) thus (or so); also (of place) here (or hither); or (of time) now thus
I have sojourned גַּ֔רְתִּי Properly, to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), i.e., sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid) sojourned
with עִם 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
Laban, לָבָ֣ן Laban, a Mesopotamian Laban
and stayed there וָֽאֵחַ֖ר To loiter (i.e., be behind); by implication to procrastinate stayed
until עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) until
now: עָֽתָּה׃ At this time, whether adverb, conjunction or expletive now

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  • 2  And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

  • 3  And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

  • 4  And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

  • 5  And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.

  • 6  And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.




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