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And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.

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Judges 6:26 Translation & Meaning

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And build וּבָנִ֨יתָ To build (literally and figuratively) build
an altar מִזְבֵּ֜חַ An altar altar
unto the Lord לַֽיהוָ֣ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
upon עַ֣ל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the top רֹ֧אשׁ The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) top
of this הַזֶּ֖ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that of this
rock, הַמָּע֛וֹז A fortified place; figuratively, a defense rock
in the ordered place, בַּמַּֽעֲרָכָ֑ה An arrangement; concretely, a pile; specifically a military array ordered place
and take וְלָֽקַחְתָּ֙ To take (in the widest variety of applications) take
the second הַשֵּׁנִ֔י Properly, double, i.e., second; also adverbially, again second
bullock, הַפָּ֣ר A bullock (apparently as breaking forth in wild strength, or perhaps as dividing the hoof) bullock
and offer וְהַֽעֲלִ֣יתָ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative offer
a burnt sacrifice עוֹלָ֔ה A step or (collectively, stairs, as ascending); usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke) burnt sacrifice
with the wood בַּֽעֲצֵ֥י A tree (from its firmness); hence, wood (plural sticks) wood
of the grove הָֽאֲשֵׁרָ֖ה Asherah (or Astarte) a Phoenician goddess; also an image of the same grove
which אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
thou shalt cut down. תִּכְרֹֽת׃ To cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e., make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces) cut down

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  • 24  Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.

  • 25  And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:

  • 26  And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.

  • 27  Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.

  • 28  And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.


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