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“And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.”

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Numbers 25:15 Translation & Meaning

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And the name וְשֵׁ֨ם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of the Midianitish הַמִּדְיָנִ֖ית A Midjanite or descendant (native) of Midjan Midianitish
woman הָֽאִשָּׁ֧ה A woman woman
that was slain הַמֻּכָּ֛ה To strike (lightly or severely, literally or figuratively) slain
was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
Cozbi, כָּזְבִּ֣י Cozbi, a Midianitess Cozbi
the daughter בַת A daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively) daughter
of Zur; צ֑וּר Tsur, the name of a Midianite and of an Israelite Zur
he הֽוּא׃ 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.)
head רֹ֣אשׁ The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) head
over a people, אֻמּ֥וֹת A collection, i.e., community of persons people
and (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of a chief אָ֛ב Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application chief
house בֵּֽית A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
in Midian. בְּמִדְיָ֖ן Midjan, a son of Abraham; also his country and (collectively) his descendants Midian

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  • 13  And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.

  • 14  Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.

  • 15  And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Midian.

  • 16  And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

  • 17  Vex the Midianites, and smite them:


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