JOSHUA 15:16



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“And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.”

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Joshua 15:16 Translation & Meaning

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And Caleb כָּלֵ֔ב Caleb, the name of three Israelites Caleb
said, וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
He that אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc He that
smiteth יַכֶּ֥ה To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) smiteth
Kirjath-sepher, סֵ֖פֶר Kirjath-Sannah or Kirjath-Sepher, a place in Palestine Kirjathsepher
and taketh וּלְכָדָ֑הּ To catch (in a net, trap or pit); generally, to capture or occupy; also to choose (by lot); figuratively, to cohere taketh
it, to him will I give וְנָתַ֥תִּי To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) give
Achsah עַכְסָ֥ה Aksah, an Israelitess Achsah
my daughter בִתִּ֖י A daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively) daughter
to wife. לְאִשָּֽׁה׃ A woman wife

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  • 14  And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.

  • 15  And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher.

  • 16  And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.

  • 17  And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.

  • 18  And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou?


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