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“Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:”

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Genesis 45:9 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Haste מַֽהֲרוּ֮ Properly, to be liquid or flow easily, i.e., (by implication); to hurry (in a good or a bad sense); often used (with another verb) adverbially, promptly Haste
ye, and go up וַֽעֲל֣וּ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative go up
to אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
my father, אָבִי֒ Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
and say וַֽאֲמַרְתֶּ֣ם To say (used with great latitude) say
unto אֵלָ֗יו Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
him, Thus כֹּ֤ה Properly, like this, i.e., by implication, (of manner) thus (or so); also (of place) here (or hither); or (of time) now Thus
saith אָמַר֙ To say (used with great latitude) saith
thy son בִּנְךָ֣ A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
Joseph, יוֹסֵ֔ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
God אֱלֹהִ֛ים Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
hath made שָׂמַ֧נִי To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) made
me lord לְאָד֖וֹן Sovereign, i.e., controller (human or divine) lord
of all לְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
Egypt: מִצְרָ֑יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
come down רְדָ֥ה 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) come down
unto אֵלַ֖י Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
me, tarry תַּעֲמֹֽד׃ To stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive) tarry
not: אַֽל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing not

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  • 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.

  • 9  Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

  • 10  And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

  • 11  And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.


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