GENESIS 37:15

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?”

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Genesis 37:15 Translation & Meaning

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And a certain man אִ֔ישׁ Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) certain man
found him, וַיִּמְצָאֵ֣הוּ Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present found
and, behold, וְהִנֵּ֥ה Lo! behold
he was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
wandering תֹעֶ֖ה To vacillate, i.e., reel or stray (literally or figuratively); also causative of both wandering
in the field: בַּשָּׂדֶ֑ה A field (as flat) field
and the man הָאִ֛ישׁ Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) man
asked him, וַיִּשְׁאָלֵ֧הוּ To inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand asked
saying, לֵאמֹ֖ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
What מַה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses What
seekest תְּבַקֵּֽשׁ׃ To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after seekest
thou? תְּבַקֵּֽשׁ׃ To search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after thou

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  • 13  And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

  • 14  And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

  • 15  And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

  • 16  And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

  • 17  And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.




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