GENESIS 47:19

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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Genesis 47:19 Translation & Meaning

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Wherefore לָ֧מָּה 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
shall we die נָמ֣וּת To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die
before thine eyes, לְעֵינֶ֗יךָ An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) before thine eyes
both גַּם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and both
we אֲנַ֙חְנוּ֙ We we
and גַּ֣ם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and and
our land? אַדְמָתֵ֔נוּ Soil (from its general redness) land
buy קְנֵֽה To erect, i.e., create; by extension, to procure, especially by purchase (causatively, sell); by implication to own buy
us and our land אַדְמָתֵ֖נוּ Soil (from its general redness) land
for bread, בַּלָּ֑חֶם Food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it) bread
and we אֲנַ֤חְנוּ We and we
and our land וְאַדְמָתֵ֙נוּ֙ Soil (from its general redness) land
will be וְנִֽהְיֶ֞ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) will be
servants עֲבָדִ֣ים A servant servants
unto Pharaoh: לְפַרְעֹ֔ה Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaoh
and give וְתֶן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
us (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
seed, זֶ֗רַע Seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity seed
that we may live, וְנִֽחְיֶה֙ To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive live
and not וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
die, נָמ֔וּת To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill die
that the land וְהָֽאֲדָמָ֖ה Soil (from its general redness) land
be not desolate. תֵשָֽׁם׃ To lie waste not desolate

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  • 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.

  • 20  And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.

  • 21  And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.




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