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“For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.”

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Genesis 36:7 Translation & Meaning

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For כִּֽי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
their riches רְכוּשָׁ֛ם Property (as gathered) riches
were הָיָ֧ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) were
more than רָ֖ב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) more than
that they might dwell מִשֶּׁ֣בֶת Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry might dwell
together; יַחְדָּ֑ו Properly, a unit, i.e., (adverb) unitedly together
and the land אֶ֤רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
wherein they were strangers מְגֽוּרֵיהֶם֙ A temporary abode; by extension, a permanent residence wherein strangers
could יָֽכְלָ֜ה To be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might) could
not וְלֹ֨א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
bear לָשֵׂ֣את To lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absolute and relative bear
them because מִפְּנֵ֖י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) because
of their cattle. מִקְנֵיהֶֽם׃ Something bought, i.e., property, but only live stock; abstractly, acquisition cattle

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  • 5  And Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.

  • 6  And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob.

  • 7  For their riches were more than that they might dwell together; and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle.

  • 8  Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.

  • 9  And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir:


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