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“And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.”

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Genesis 33:17 Translation & Meaning

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And Jacob וְיַֽעֲקֹב֙ Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
journeyed נָסַ֣ע Properly, to pull up, especially the tent-pins, i.e., start on a journey journeyed
to Succoth, סֻכֹּ֔תָה Succoth, the name of a place in Egypt and of three in Palestine Succoth
and built וַיִּ֥בֶן To build (literally and figuratively) built
him an house, בָּ֑יִת A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
and made עָשָׂ֣ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application made
booths סֻכֹּ֔ת A hut or lair booths
for his cattle: וּלְמִקְנֵ֙הוּ֙ Something bought, i.e., property, but only live stock; abstractly, acquisition cattle
therefore כֵּ֛ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) therefore
the name שֵׁם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of the place הַמָּק֖וֹם Properly, a standing, i.e., a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind) place
is called קָרָ֥א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
Succoth. סֻכּֽוֹת׃ Succoth, the name of a place in Egypt and of three in Palestine Succoth

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  • 15  And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.

  • 16  So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

  • 17  And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

  • 18  And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city.

  • 19  And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.


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