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“That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.”

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Nehemiah 7:2 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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That I gave אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) gave
my brother אָחִ֗י A brother (used in the widest sense of literal relationship and metaphorical affinity or resemblance [like H0001]) brother
Hanani, חֲנָ֣נִי Chanani, the name of six Israelites Hanani
and Hananiah חֲנַנְיָ֛ה Chananjah, the name of thirteen Israelites Hananiah
the ruler שַׂ֥ר A head person (of any rank or class) ruler
of the palace, הַבִּירָ֖ה A castle or palace palace
charge וָֽאֲצַוֶּ֞ה (intensively) to constitute, enjoin charge
over עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications over
Jerusalem: יְרֽוּשָׁלִָ֑ם Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine Jerusalem
for כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
he הוּא֙ 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 he
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a faithful אֱמֶ֔ת Stability; (figuratively) certainty, truth, trustworthiness faithful
man, כְּאִ֣ישׁ 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
and feared וְיָרֵ֥א To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten feared
God הָֽאֱלֹהִ֖ים 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
above many. מֵֽרַבִּֽים׃ Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) above many

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  • 1  Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,

  • 2  That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.

  • 3  And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one to be over against his house.

  • 4  Now the city was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses were not builded.


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