GENESIS 44:32

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.”

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Genesis 44:32 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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For כִּ֤י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
thy servant עַבְדְּךָ֙ A servant servant
became surety עָרַ֣ב To braid, i.e., intermix; technically, to traffic (as if by barter); also or give to be security (as a kind of exchange) became surety
for אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) for
the lad הַנַּ֔עַר (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication, a servant; also (by interch. of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age) lad
unto מֵעִ֥ם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) unto
my father, אָבִ֖י Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
saying, לֵאמֹ֑ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
I bring אֲבִיאֶ֙נּוּ֙ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) bring
him not לֹ֤א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
unto אֵלֶ֔יךָ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
thee, then I shall bear the blame וְחָטָ֥אתִי Properly, to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn then bear blame
to my father לְאָבִ֖י Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
for ever. הַיָּמִֽים׃ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) ever

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  • 30  Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;

  • 31  It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.

  • 32  For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.

  • 33  Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.

  • 34  For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.




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