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“And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.”

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Genesis 33:4 Translation & Meaning

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And Esau עֵשָׂ֤ו Esav, a son of Isaac, including his posterity Esau
ran וַיָּ֨רָץ To run (for whatever reason, especially to rush) ran
to meet him, לִקְרָאתוֹ֙ An encountering, accidental, friendly or hostile (also adverbially, opposite) meet
and embraced וַֽיְחַבְּקֵ֔הוּ To clasp (the hands or in embrace) embraced
him, and fell וַיִּפֹּ֥ל To fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) fell
on עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications on
his neck, צַוָּארָ֖ו The back of the neck (as that on which burdens are bound) neck
and kissed him: וַׄיִּׄשָּׁׄקֵ֑ׄהׄוּׄ To kiss, literally or figuratively (touch) kissed
and they wept. וַיִּבְכּֽוּ׃ To weep; generally to bemoan wept

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  • 2  And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

  • 3  And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

  • 4  And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

  • 5  And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

  • 6  Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.


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