GENESIS 9:5

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.”

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Genesis 9:5 Translation & Meaning

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And surely וְאַ֨ךְ A particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only surely
your blood דִּמְכֶ֤ם Blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e., drops of blood) blood
of your lives לְנַפְשֹֽׁתֵיכֶם֙ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) lives
will I require; אֶדְרֹ֔שׁ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship require
at the hand מִיַּ֥ד A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
of every כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) every
beast חַיָּ֖ה 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 beast
will I require it, אֶדְרְשֶׁ֑נּוּ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship require
and at the hand וּמִיַּ֣ד A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
of man; הָֽאָדָ֗ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man
at the hand מִיַּד֙ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
of every man's אִ֣ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) every mans
brother אָחִ֔יו A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother
will I require אֶדְרֹ֖שׁ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship require
the life נֶ֥פֶשׁ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) life
of man. הָֽאָדָֽם׃ Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) man

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  • 3  Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

  • 4  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

  • 5  And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

  • 6  Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

  • 7  And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.




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