GENESIS 47:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.”

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Genesis 47:17 Translation & Meaning

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And they brought וַיָּבִ֣יאוּ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) brought
their cattle מִקְנֵיהֶם֮ Something bought, i.e., property, but only live stock; abstractly, acquisition cattle
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
Joseph: יוֹסֵף֒ Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
and Joseph יוֹסֵ֨ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
gave וַיִּתֵּ֣ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) gave
them bread לֶ֜חֶם Food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it) bread
in exchange (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
for horses, בַּסּוּסִ֗ים A swallow (from its rapid flight) horses
and for the flocks, הַצֹּ֛אן A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) flocks
and for the cattle וּבְמִקְנֵ֥ה Something bought, i.e., property, but only live stock; abstractly, acquisition cattle
of the herds, הַבָּקָ֖ר A beeve or an animal of the ox family of either gender (as used for plowing); collectively, a herd herds
and for the asses: וּבַֽחֲמֹרִ֑ים A male ass (from its dun red) asses
and he fed וַיְנַֽהֲלֵ֤ם Properly, to run with a sparkle, i.e., flow; hence (transitively), to conduct, and (by inference) to protect, sustain fed
them with bread בַּלֶּ֙חֶם֙ Food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it) bread
for all בְּכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
their cattle מִקְנֵהֶ֔ם Something bought, i.e., property, but only live stock; abstractly, acquisition cattle
for that הַהִֽוא׃ He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are for that
year. בַּשָּׁנָ֖ה A year (as a revolution of time) year

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  • 15  And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

  • 16  And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

  • 17  And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.

  • 18  When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:

  • 19  Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.




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