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

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Genesis 37:36 Translation & Meaning

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And the Midianites וְהַ֨מְּדָנִ֔ים A Midjanite or descendant (native) of Midjan Midianites
sold מָֽכְר֥וּ To sell, literally (as merchandise, a daughter in marriage, into slavery), or figuratively (to surrender) sold
him into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to him into
Egypt מִצְרָ֑יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
unto Potiphar, לְפֽוֹטִיפַר֙ Potiphar, an Egyptian Potiphar
an officer סְרִ֣יס A eunuch; by implication, valet (especially of the female apartments), and thus, a minister of state officer
of Pharaoh's, פַּרְעֹ֔ה Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaohs
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
captain שַׂ֖ר A head person (of any rank or class) captain
of the guard. הַטַּבָּחִֽים׃ Properly, a butcher; hence, a lifeguardsman (because he was acting as an executioner); also a cook (usually slaughtering the animal for food) guard

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  • 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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