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“Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.”

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Judges 4:11 Translation & Meaning

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Now Heber וְחֶ֤בֶר Cheber, the name of a Kenite and of three Israelites Now Heber
the Kenite, הַקֵּינִי֙ A Kenite or member of the tribe of Kajin Kenite
which was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of the children מִבְּנֵ֥י A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) children
of Hobab חֹבָ֖ב Chobab, father-in-law of Moses Hobab
the father in law חֹתֵ֣ן To give (a daughter) away in marriage; hence (generally) to contract affinity by marriage father law
of Moses, מֹשֶׁ֑ה Mosheh, the Israelite lawgiver Moses
had severed himself נִפְרָ֣ד To break through, i.e., spread or separate (oneself) severed himself
from the Kenites, מִקַּ֔יִן A Kenite or member of the tribe of Kajin Kenites
and pitched וַיֵּ֣ט To stretch or spread out; by implication, to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of application (as follows) pitched
his tent אָֽהֳל֔וֹ A tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance) tent
unto עַד As far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with) unto
the plain אֵל֥וֹן An oak or other strong tree plain
of Zaanaim, בְּצַעֲנִּ֖ים Tsaanannim or Tsaanajim, a place in Palestine Zaanaim
which אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
by אֶת Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc by
Kedesh. קֶֽדֶשׁ׃ Kedesh, the name of four places in Palestine Kedesh

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  • 9  And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

  • 10  And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him.

  • 11  Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh.

  • 12  And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor.

  • 13  And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon.


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