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“And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:”

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Genesis 41:20 Translation & Meaning

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And the lean הָֽרַקּ֖וֹת Emaciated (as if flattened out) lean
and the ill favoured וְהָֽרָע֑וֹת Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) ill favoured
kine הַפָּר֔וֹת A heifer kine
did eat up וַתֹּאכַ֙לְנָה֙ To eat (literally or figuratively) did eat up
the first הָרִֽאשֹׁנ֖וֹת First, in place, time or rank (as adjective or noun) first
seven שֶׁ֧בַע Seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication, a week; by extension, an indefinite number seven
fat הַבְּרִיאֹֽת׃ Fatted or plump fat
kine: הַפָּר֛וֹת A heifer kine

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  • 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.

  • 22  And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:


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