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“If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:”

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Genesis 42:19 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
ye אַתֶּ֔ם Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you ye
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
true כֵּנִ֣ים Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) true
men, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
let one אֶחָ֔ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first let one
of your brethren אֲחִיכֶ֣ם A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brethren
be bound יֵֽאָסֵ֖ר To yoke or hitch; by analogy, to fasten in any sense, to join battle bound
in the house בְּבֵ֣ית A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
of your prison: מִשְׁמַרְכֶ֑ם A guard (the man, the post or the prison); a deposit (figuratively); also (as observed) a usage (abstractly), or an example (concretely) prison
go לְכ֣וּ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
ye, וְאַתֶּם֙ Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you ye
carry הָבִ֔יאוּ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) carry
corn שֶׁ֖בֶר Grain (as if broken into kernels) corn
for the famine רַֽעֲב֥וֹן Famine famine
of your houses: בָּֽתֵּיכֶֽם׃ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) houses

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  • 17  And he put them all together into ward three days.

  • 18  And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

  • 19  If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

  • 20  But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

  • 21  And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.


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