Deuteronomy 21:4
Text Analysis
Strong'sHebrewEnglishMorphology
3381 [e]וְהוֹרִ֡דוּ
wə-hō-w-ri-ḏū
and shall bring downConj-w | V-Hifil-ConjPerf-3cp
2205 [e]זִקְנֵי֩
ziq-nê
the eldersAdj-mpc
5892 [e]הָעִ֨יר
hā-‘îr
of cityArt | N-fs
1931 [e]הַהִ֤וא
ha-hi-w
thatArt | Pro-3fs
853 [e]אֶת־
’eṯ-
-DirObjM
5697 [e]הָֽעֶגְלָה֙
hā-‘eḡ-lāh
the heiferArt | N-fs
413 [e]אֶל־
’el-
toPrep
5158 [e]נַ֣חַל
na-ḥal
an valleyN-ms
386 [e]אֵיתָ֔ן
’ê-ṯān,
enduringAdj-ms
834 [e]אֲשֶׁ֛ר
’ă-šer
whichPro-r
3808 [e]לֹא־
lō-
neitherAdv-NegPrt
5647 [e]יֵעָבֵ֥ד
yê-‘ā-ḇêḏ
is plowedV-Nifal-Imperf-3ms
  בּ֖וֹ
bōw
inPrep | 3ms
3808 [e]וְלֹ֣א
wə-lō
norConj-w | Adv-NegPrt
2232 [e]יִזָּרֵ֑עַ
yiz-zā-rê-a‘;
sownV-Nifal-Imperf-3ms
6202 [e]וְעָֽרְפוּ־
wə-‘ā-rə-p̄ū-
and they shall break neckConj-w | V-Qal-ConjPerf-3cp
8033 [e]שָׁ֥ם
šām
thereAdv
853 [e]אֶת־
’eṯ-
-DirObjM
5697 [e]הָעֶגְלָ֖ה
hā-‘eḡ-lāh
of the heiferArt | N-fs
5158 [e]בַּנָּֽחַל׃
ban-nā-ḥal.
in the valleyPrep-b, Art | N-ms









Hebrew Texts
דברים 21:4 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
וְהֹורִ֡דוּ זִקְנֵי֩ הָעִ֨יר הַהִ֤וא אֶת־הָֽעֶגְלָה֙ אֶל־נַ֣חַל אֵיתָ֔ן אֲשֶׁ֛ר לֹא־יֵעָבֵ֥ד בֹּ֖ו וְלֹ֣א יִזָּרֵ֑עַ וְעָֽרְפוּ־שָׁ֥ם אֶת־הָעֶגְלָ֖ה בַּנָּֽחַל׃

דברים 21:4 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
והורדו זקני העיר ההוא את־העגלה אל־נחל איתן אשר לא־יעבד בו ולא יזרע וערפו־שם את־העגלה בנחל׃

דברים 21:4 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
והורדו זקני העיר ההוא את־העגלה אל־נחל איתן אשר לא־יעבד בו ולא יזרע וערפו־שם את־העגלה בנחל׃

דברים 21:4 Hebrew Bible
והורדו זקני העיר ההוא את העגלה אל נחל איתן אשר לא יעבד בו ולא יזרע וערפו שם את העגלה בנחל׃

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which has not been plowed or sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.

King James Bible
And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The elders of that city will bring the cow down to a continually flowing stream, to a place not tilled or sown, and they will break its neck there by the stream.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a rough valley As the word {nachal} signifies both a {torrent}, and the {valley or glen} through which it flows, {nachal aithan} may be rendered a {rapid torrent} Many torrents in Judea are dry during a great part of the year; when not only their banks but their beds may be ploughed, and yield a crop. Hence there is no impropriety in specifying that such a place should be one that `is neither cared nor sown;' while the circumstance that the elders were to {wash} their hands over the heifer, whose head had been struck off into the stream, confirms this interpretation. The spot ground where this sacrifice was made must be {uncultivated}, because it was considered as a sacrifice for the atonement of murder, and, consequently, would {pollute} the land.

shall strike

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