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Genesis 21:29 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What [mean] these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Abimelech said to Abraham, What [mean] these seven ewe-lambs, which thou hast set by themselves?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Abimelech said to Abraham, What [mean] these seven ewe-lambs, these which thou hast set by themselves?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What, then, mean these seven young sheep, here, which thou hast set by themselves?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Abimelech saith unto Abraham, 'What [are] they—these seven lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Abimelech said to him: What mean these seven ewelambs which thou hast set apart?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Abimelech said vnto Abraham, What meane these seuen ewe lambes, which thou hast set by themselues?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Abimelech said to Abraham{gr.Abraam}, What are these seven ewe-lambs which thou hast set alone?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Avimelekh said unto Avraham, What [mean] these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And vmele אֲבִימֶלֶך 40
{0040} Prime
From H0001 and H4428; father of (the) king; Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites.
said 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
unto x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
Avrhm אַברָהָם, 85
{0085} Prime
Contracted from H0001 and an unused root (probably meaning to be populous); father of a multitude; Abraham, the later name of Abram.
What y2008
[2008] Standard
From H2004; hither or thither (but used both of place and time).
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
[mean] these x428
(0428) Complement
Prolonged from H0411; these or those.
seven 7651
{7651} Prime
From H7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication a week; by extension an indefinite number.
ewe lambs 3535
{3535} Prime
Feminine of H3532; a ewe.
which x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
thou hast set 5324
{5324} Prime
A primitive root; to station, in various applications (literally or figuratively).
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
by themselves? x905
(0905) Complement
From H0909; properly separation; by implication a part of the body, branch of a tree, bar for carrying; figuratively chief of a city; especially (with prepositional prefix) as adverb, apart, only, besides.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 21:25-31.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 21:22-32.

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Genesis 33:8 And he said, What [meanest] thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, [These are] to find grace in the sight of my lord.
Exodus 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said, What [meaneth] then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
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