GENESIS 34:25

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.”

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Genesis 34:25 Translation & Meaning

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And it came to pass וַיְהִי֩ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) came pass
on the third הַשְּׁלִישִׁ֜י Third; feminine a third (part); by extension, a third (day, year or time); specifically, a third-story cell) third
day, בַיּ֨וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
when they were בִּֽהְיוֹתָ֣ם To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) when they were
sore, כֹּֽאֲבִ֗ים Properly, to feel pain; by implication, to grieve; figuratively, to spoil sore
that two שְׁנֵֽי Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
of the sons בְנֵי A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) sons
of Jacob, יַ֠עֲקֹב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
Simeon שִׁמְע֨וֹן Shimon, one of Jacob's sons, also the tribe descended from him Simeon
and Levi, וְלֵוִ֜י Levi, a son of Jacob Levi
Dinah's דִינָה֙ Dinah, the daughter of Jacob Dinahs
brethren, אֲחֵ֤י A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brethren
took וַיִּקְח֣וּ To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
each man אִ֣ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) each man
his sword, חַרְבּ֔וֹ Drought; also a cutting instrument (from its destructive effect), as a knife, sword, or other sharp implement sword
and came וַיָּבֹ֥אוּ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) came
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the city הָעִ֖יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
boldly, בֶּ֑טַח Properly, a place of refuge; abstract, safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust); often (adverb with or without preposition) safely boldly
and slew וַיַּֽהַרְג֖וּ To smite with deadly intent slew
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the males. זָכָֽר׃ Properly, remembered, i.e., a male (of man or animals, as being the most noteworthy sex) males

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  • 23  Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.

  • 24  And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

  • 25  And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.

  • 26  And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.

  • 27  The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.




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