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“And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:”

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Genesis 43:11 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And their father אֲבִיהֶ֗ם Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
Israel יִשְׂרָאֵ֣ל He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel
said וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֲלֵהֶ֜ם Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
them, If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
it must be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
so כֵּ֣ן׀ 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) so
now, אֵפוֹא֮ Strictly a demonstrative particle, here; but used of time, now or then now
do עֲשׂוּ֒ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
this; זֹ֣את This (often used adverb) this
take קְח֞וּ To take (in the widest variety of applications) take
of the best fruits מִזִּמְרַ֤ת Pruned (i.e., choice) fruit best fruits
in the land הָאָ֙רֶץ֙ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
in your vessels, בִּכְלֵיכֶ֔ם Something prepared, i.e., any apparatus (as an implement, utensil, dress, vessel or weapon) vessels
and carry down וְהוֹרִ֥ידוּ To descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications) carry down
the man לָאִ֖ישׁ Properly, a mortal (and thus differing from the more dignified H0120); hence, a man in general (singly or collectively) man
a present, מִנְחָ֑ה A donation; euphemistically, tribute; specifically a sacrificial offering (usually bloodless and voluntary) present
a little מְעַ֤ט A little or few (often adverbial or comparative) little
balm, צֳרִי֙ Distillation, i.e., balsam balm
and a little וּמְעַ֣ט A little or few (often adverbial or comparative) little
honey, דְּבַ֔שׁ Honey (from its stickiness); by analogy, syrup honey
spices, נְכֹ֣את Properly, a smiting, i.e., (concretely) an aromatic gum (perhaps styrax) (as powdered) spices
and myrrh, וָלֹ֔ט A gum (from its sticky nature), probably ladanum myrrh
nuts, בָּטְנִ֖ים (only in plural) a pistachio-nut (from its form) nuts
and almonds: וּשְׁקֵדִֽים׃ The almond (tree or nut; as being the earliest in bloom) almonds

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  • 9  I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:

  • 10  For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.

  • 11  And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:

  • 12  And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:

  • 13  Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:


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