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Genesis 44:29

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44:29 If you take 1  this one from me too and an accident happens to him, then you will bring down my gray hair 2  in tragedy 3  to the grave.’ 4 

1 tn The construction uses a perfect verbal form with the vav consecutive to introduce the conditional clause and then another perfect verbal form with a vav consecutive to complete the sentence: “if you take…then you will bring down.”

2 sn The expression bring down my gray hair is figurative, using a part for the whole – they would put Jacob in the grave. But the gray head signifies a long life of worry and trouble. See Gen 42:38.

3 tn Heb “evil/calamity.” The term is different than the one used in the otherwise identical statement recorded in v. 31 (see also 42:38).

4 tn Heb “to Sheol,” the dwelling place of the dead.



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