GENESIS 6:17

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And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

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Genesis 6:17 Translation & Meaning

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And, behold, הִנְנִי֩ Lo! behold
I, even I, וַֽאֲנִ֗י I even
do bring מֵבִ֨יא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) do bring
a flood הַמַּבּ֥וּל A deluge flood
of waters מַ֙יִם֙ Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen waters
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the earth, הָאָ֔רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
to destroy לְשַׁחֵ֣ת To decay, i.e., (causatively) ruin (literally or figuratively) destroy
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
flesh, בָּשָׂ֗ר Flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man flesh
wherein אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc wherein
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the breath ר֣וּחַ Wind; by resemblance breath, i.e., a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions) breath
of life, חַיִּ֔ים Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively life
from under מִתַּ֖חַת The bottom (as depressed); only adverbially, below (often with prepositional prefix underneath), in lieu of, etc under
heaven; הַשָּׁמָ֑יִם The sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve) heaven
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
every that אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc every
thing כֹּ֥ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) thing
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
in the earth בָּאָ֖רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
shall die. יִגְוָֽע׃ To breathe out, i.e., (by implication) expire die

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  • 15  And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.

  • 16  A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

  • 17  And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

  • 18  But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.

  • 19  And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.




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