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“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:”

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Genesis 41:19 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And, behold, וְהִנֵּ֞ה Lo! behold
seven שֶֽׁבַע Seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication, a week; by extension, an indefinite number seven
other אֲחֵרוֹת֙ Properly, hinder; generally, next, other, etc other
kine פָּר֤וֹת A heifer kine
came up עֹל֣וֹת To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative came up
after them, אַֽחֲרֵיהֶ֔ן Properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) after them
poor דַּלּ֨וֹת Properly, something dangling, i.e., a loose thread or hair; figuratively, indigent poor
and very מְאֹ֖ד Properly, vehemence, i.e., (with or without preposition) vehemently; by implication, wholly, speedily, etc. (often with other words as an intensive or superlative; especially when repeated) very
ill וְרָע֥וֹת Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) ill
favoured תֹּ֛אַר Outline, i.e., figure or appearance favoured
and leanfleshed, וְרַקּ֣וֹת Emaciated (as if flattened out) leanfleshed
such כָהֵ֛נָּה Themselves (often used emphatic for the copula, also in indirect relation) such
as I never לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles never
saw רָאִ֧יתִי To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) saw
in all בְּכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the land אֶ֥רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
of Egypt מִצְרַ֖יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
for badness: לָרֹֽעַ׃ Badness (as marring), physically or morally badness

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  • 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:

  • 21  And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.


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