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“And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.”

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Genesis 47:25 Translation & Meaning

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And they said, וַיֹּֽאמְר֖וּ To say (used with great latitude) said
Thou hast saved our lives: הֶֽחֱיִתָ֑נוּ To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive saved lives
let us find נִמְצָא 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 let find
grace חֵן֙ Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) grace
in the sight בְּעֵינֵ֣י An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) sight
of my lord, אֲדֹנִ֔י Sovereign, i.e., controller (human or divine) lord
and we will be וְהָיִ֥ינוּ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and we will be
Pharaoh's לְפַרְעֹֽה׃ Paroh, a general title of Egyptian kings Pharaohs
servants. עֲבָדִ֖ים A servant servants

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  • 23  Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

  • 24  And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

  • 25  And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.

  • 26  And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.

  • 27  And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.


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