BaKol–In Everything

“God blessed Abraham in everything” (Gen 24:1).  The word “in” translates the  Hebrew preposition b (the letter bet).  It’s a perfectly good translation, but bet  has so many possibilities that I thought it’d be fun to ring the changes on it, with the help of Williams’ Hebrew Syntax.

  • locative — everywhere
  • temporal — at all times
  • adversative — in spite of everything [in spite of his trials, or even himself]
  • instrumental — by means of everything
  • accompaniment — along with everything
  • of identity, essence — as everything (i.e., God is everything and, as such, was a blessing to Abraham)
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