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“I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.”

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Numbers 14:12 Translation & Meaning

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I will smite אַכֶּ֥נּוּ To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) smite
them with the pestilence, בַדֶּ֖בֶר A pestilence pestilence
and disinherit וְאֽוֹרִשֶׁ֑נּוּ To occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication, to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to ruin disinherit
them, and will make וְאֶֽעֱשֶׂה֙ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application make
of thee a greater גָּד֥וֹל Great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent greater
nation לְגוֹי A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nation
and mightier וְעָצ֖וּם Powerful (specifically, a paw); by implication, numerous mightier
than מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses than
they. מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses they

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  • 10  But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

  • 11  And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?

  • 12  I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

  • 13  And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

  • 14  And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Lord art among this people, that thou Lord art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.


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