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“For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.”

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Genesis 45:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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For כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed For
these זֶ֛ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that these
two years שְׁנָתַ֥יִם A year (as a revolution of time) two years
hath (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the famine הָֽרָעָ֖ב Hunger (more or less extensive) famine
been (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in בְּקֶ֣רֶב Properly, the nearest part, i.e., the center, whether literal, figurative or adverbial (especially with preposition) in
the land: הָאָ֑רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
and yet וְעוֹד֙ Properly, iteration or continuance; used only adverbially (with or without preposition), again, repeatedly, still, more and yet
there are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
five חָמֵ֣שׁ Five five
years, שָׁנִ֔ים A year (as a revolution of time) years
in the which אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc in the which
there shall (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
neither אֵין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle neither
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
earing חָרִ֖ישׁ Ploughing or its season earing
nor harvest. וְקָצִּֽיר׃ Severed, i.e., harvest (as reaped), the crop, the time, the reaper, or figuratively harvest

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  • 4  And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

  • 5  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

  • 6  For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

  • 7  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

  • 8  So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.


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