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“Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?”

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Genesis 44:8 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Behold, הֵ֣ן Lo!; also (as expressing surprise) if Behold
the money, כֶּ֗סֶף Silver (from its pale color); by implication, money money
which אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
we found מָצָ֙אנוּ֙ Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present found
in our sacks' אַמְתְּחֹתֵ֔ינוּ Properly, something expansive, i.e., a bag sacks
mouths, בְּפִ֣י The mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to mouths
we brought again הֱשִׁיבֹ֥נוּ To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again brought again
unto אֵלֶ֖יךָ Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
thee out of the land מֵאֶ֣רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) out land
of Canaan: כְּנָ֑עַן Kenaan, a son a Ham; also the country inhabited by him Canaan
how וְאֵ֗יךְ How? or how!; also where how
then should we steal נִגְנֹב֙ To thieve (literally or figuratively); by implication, to deceive then should steal
out of thy lord's אֲדֹנֶ֔יךָ Sovereign, i.e., controller (human or divine) out lords
house מִבֵּ֣ית A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
silver כֶּ֖סֶף Silver (from its pale color); by implication, money silver
or א֥וֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
gold? זָהָֽב׃ Gold, figuratively, something gold-colored (i.e., yellow), as oil, a clear sky gold

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

  • 7  And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

  • 8  Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?

  • 9  With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.

  • 10  And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.


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