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“And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.”

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Nehemiah 6:11 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And I said, וָאֹֽמְרָ֗ה To say (used with great latitude) said
Should such as I כָּמ֙וֹנִי֙ As, thus, so Should such
a man הַאִ֤ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
flee? יִבְרָ֔ח To bolt, i.e., figuratively, to flee suddenly flee
and who וּמִ֥י Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix and who
is there, being am, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
that, אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
as I כָמ֛וֹנִי As, thus, so as I
would go יָב֥וֹא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) would go
into אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to into
the temple הַֽהֵיכָ֖ל A large public building, such as a palace or temple temple
to save his life? וָחָ֑י To live; causatively to revive save life
I will not לֹ֖א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
go in. אָבֽוֹא׃ To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) go

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  • 9  For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

  • 10  Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

  • 11  And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.

  • 12  And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

  • 13  Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.


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