GENESIS 4:11

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And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

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Genesis 4:11 Translation & Meaning

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And now וְעַתָּ֖ה At this time, whether adverb, conjunction or expletive now
art (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
thou אָ֑תָּה Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
cursed אָר֣וּר To execrate cursed
from מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses from
the earth, הָֽאֲדָמָה֙ Soil (from its general redness) earth
which אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
hath opened פָּצְתָ֣ה To rend, i.e., open (especially the mouth) opened
her mouth פִּ֔יהָ The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouth
to receive לָקַ֛חַת To take (in the widest variety of applications) receive
thy brother's אָחִ֖יךָ A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brothers
blood דְּמֵ֥י Blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e., drops of blood) blood
from thy hand; מִיָּדֶֽךָ׃ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand

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  • 9  And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

  • 10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

  • 11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

  • 12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

  • 13  And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.




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