GENESIS 37:34

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.”

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Genesis 37:34 Translation & Meaning

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And Jacob יַֽעֲקֹב֙ Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
rent וַיִּקְרַ֤ע To rend, literally or figuratively (revile, paint the eyes, as if enlarging them) rent
his clothes, שִׂמְלֹתָ֔יו A dress, especially a mantle clothes
and put וַיָּ֥שֶׂם To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) put
sackcloth שַׂ֖ק Properly, a mesh (as allowing a liquid to run through), i.e., coarse loose cloth or sacking (used in mourning and for bagging); hence, a bag (for grain, etc.) sackcloth
upon his loins, בְּמָתְנָ֑יו Properly, the waist or small of the back; only in plural the loins upon loins
and mourned וַיִּתְאַבֵּ֥ל To bewail mourned
for עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications for
his son בְּנ֖וֹ 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.) son
many רַבִּֽים׃ Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) many
days. יָמִ֥ים 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) days

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  • 32  And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.

  • 33  And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

  • 34  And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.

  • 35  And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

  • 36  And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.




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