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“And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.”

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Judges 4:2 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And the Lord יְהוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
sold וַיִּמְכְּרֵ֣ם To sell, literally (as merchandise, a daughter in marriage, into slavery), or figuratively (to surrender) sold
them into the hand בְּיַד֙ 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 Jabin יָבִ֣ין Jabin, the name of two Canaanitish kings Jabin
king מֶֽלֶךְ A king king
of Canaan, כְּנַ֔עַן Kenaan, a son a Ham; also the country inhabited by him Canaan
that אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
reigned מָלַ֖ךְ To reign; inceptively, to ascend the throne; causatively, to induct into royalty reigned
in Hazor; בְּחָצ֑וֹר Chatsor, the name (thus simply) of two places in Palestine and of one in Arabia Hazor
the captain וְשַׂר A head person (of any rank or class) captain
of whose host צְבָאוֹ֙ A mass of persons (or figuratively, things), especially reg. organized for war (an army); by implication, a campaign, literally or figuratively (specifically, hardship, worship) whose host
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
Sisera, סִֽיסְרָ֔א Sisera, the name of a Canaanitish king and of one of the Nethinim Sisera
which וְה֥וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are which
dwelt יוֹשֵׁ֖ב Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry dwelt
in Harosheth בַּֽחֲרֹ֥שֶׁת Charosheth, a place in Palestine Harosheth
of the Gentiles. הַגּוֹיִֽם׃ A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts Gentiles

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  • 1  And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead.

  • 2  And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles.

  • 3  And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

  • 4  And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.


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