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There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

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Genesis 39:9 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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There is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
none אֵינֶ֨נּוּ A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle none
greater גָד֜וֹל Great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent greater
in this הַזֶּה֮ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that in this
house בַּבַּ֣יִת A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
than מִמֶּנִּי֒ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses than
I; neither וְלֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles neither
hath he kept back חָשַׂ֤ךְ To restrain or (reflexive) refrain; by implication, to refuse, spare, preserve; to observe kept back
any thing מְא֔וּמָה Properly, a speck or point, i.e., (by implication) something; with negative, nothing any thing
from מִמֶּ֙נִּי֙ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses from
me but אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not me but
thee, because בַּֽאֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc because
thou אַתְּ Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
art (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
his wife: אִשְׁתּ֑וֹ A woman wife
how וְאֵ֨יךְ How? or how!; also where how
then can I do אֶֽעֱשֶׂ֜ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application then can do
this הַזֹּ֔את This (often used adverb) this
great הַגְּדֹלָה֙ Great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent great
wickedness, הָֽרָעָ֤ה Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) wickedness
and sin וְחָטָ֖אתִי Properly, to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn sin
against God? לֵֽאלֹהִֽים׃ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative against God

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  • 7  And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

  • 8  But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

  • 9  There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

  • 10  And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

  • 11  And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.


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