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“And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:”

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Genesis 41:18 Translation & Meaning

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And, behold, וְהִנֵּ֣ה Lo! behold
there came up עֹלֹת֙ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative came up
out of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses out
the river הַיְאֹ֗ר A channel, e.g., a fosse, canal, shaft; specifically the Nile, as the one river of Egypt, including its collateral trenches; also the Tigris, as the main river of Assyria river
seven שֶׁ֣בַע Seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication, a week; by extension, an indefinite number seven
kine, פָּר֔וֹת A heifer kine
fatfleshed בְּרִיא֥וֹת Fatted or plump fatfleshed
and well וִיפֹ֣ת Beautiful (literally or figuratively) well
favoured; תֹּ֑אַר Outline, i.e., figure or appearance favoured
and they fed וַתִּרְעֶ֖ינָה To tend a flock; i.e., pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend) fed
in a meadow: בָּאָֽחוּ׃ A bulrush or any marshy grass (particularly that along the Nile) meadow

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  • 16  And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

  • 17  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:

  • 18  And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:

  • 19  And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:

  • 20  And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:


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