JUDGES 7:3

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.”

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Judges 7:3 Translation & Meaning

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Now וְעַתָּ֗ה At this time, whether adverb, conjunction or expletive Now
therefore go to, נָ֜א 'I pray', 'now', or 'then'; added mostly to verbs (in the Imperative or Future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjunction therefore go
proclaim קְרָ֨א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) proclaim
in the ears בְּאָזְנֵ֤י Broadness. i.e., (concrete) the ear (from its form in man) ears
of the people, הָעָם֙ A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
saying, לֵאמֹ֔ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
Whosoever מִֽי Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix Whosoever
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
fearful יָרֵ֣א Fearing; morally, reverent fearful
and afraid, וְחָרֵ֔ד Fearful; also reverential afraid
let him return יָשֹׁ֥ב To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again let return
and depart early וְיִצְפֹּ֖ר To skip about, i.e., return depart early
from mount מֵהַ֣ר A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mount
Gilead. הַגִּלְעָ֑ד Gilad, a region East of the Jordan; also the name of three Israelites Gilead
And there returned וַיָּ֣שָׁב To turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again returned
of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses of
the people הָעָ֗ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
twenty עֶשְׂרִ֤ים Twenty; also (ordinal) twentieth twenty
and two וּשְׁנַ֙יִם֙ Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
thousand; אֶ֔לֶף Hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand thousand
and there remained נִשְׁאָֽרוּ׃ Properly, to swell up, i.e., be (causatively, make) redundant remained
ten וַֽעֲשֶׂ֥רֶת Ten (as an accumulation to the extent of the digits) ten
thousand. אֲלָפִ֖ים Hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand thousand

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  • 1  Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

  • 2  And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

  • 3  Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

  • 4  And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

  • 5  So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.




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