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And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?”

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Genesis 44:4 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
when they הֵ֠ם They (only used when emphatic) when they
were gone out of יָֽצְא֣וּ To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim gone out
the city, הָעִיר֮ A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
not לֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
yet (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
far off, הִרְחִיקוּ֒ To widen (in any direction), i.e., (intransitively) recede or (transitively) remove (literally or figuratively, of place or relation) far off
Joseph וְיוֹסֵ֤ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
said אָמַר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
unto his steward, בֵּית֔וֹ A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) steward
Up, ק֥וּם To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) Up
follow רְדֹ֖ף To run after (usually with hostile intent; figuratively [of time] gone by) follow
after אַֽחֲרֵ֣י Properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) after
the men; הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֑ים A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
and when thou dost overtake וְהִשַּׂגְתָּם֙ To reach (literally or figuratively) dost overtake
them, say וְאָֽמַרְתָּ֣ To say (used with great latitude) say
unto אֲלֵהֶ֔ם Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
them, Wherefore לָ֛מָּה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses Wherefore
have ye rewarded שִׁלַּמְתֶּ֥ם To be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications) rewarded
evil רָעָ֖ה Bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral) evil
for תַּ֥חַת The bottom (as depressed); only adverbially, below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc for
good? טוֹבָֽה׃ Good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well) good

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  • 2  And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.

  • 3  As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.

  • 4  And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?

  • 5  Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.

  • 6  And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.


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