Psalm 105:12
New International Version
When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it,

New Living Translation
He said this when they were few in number, a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.

English Standard Version
When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it,

Berean Study Bible
When they were few in number, few indeed, and strangers in the land,

King James Bible
When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.

New King James Version
When they were few in number, Indeed very few, and strangers in it.

New American Standard Bible
When they were only a few people in number, Very few, and strangers in it.

NASB 1995
When they were only a few men in number, Very few, and strangers in it.

NASB 1977
When they were only a few men in number, Very few, and strangers in it.

Amplified Bible
When there were only a few men in number, Very few [in fact], and strangers in it;

Christian Standard Bible
When they were few in number, very few indeed, and resident aliens in Canaan,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When they were few in number, very few indeed, and temporary residents in Canaan,

American Standard Version
When they were but a few men in number, Yea, very few, and sojourners in it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
when they were few in number, very few, and sojourners in it.

Contemporary English Version
At the time there were only a few of us, and we were homeless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When they were but a small number: yea very few, and sojourners therein:

English Revised Version
When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and sojourners in it;

Good News Translation
God's people were few in number, strangers in the land of Canaan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While the people of Israel were few in number, a small group of foreigners living in that land,

International Standard Version
When the Hebrews were few in number—so very few— and were sojourners in it,

JPS Tanakh 1917
When they were but a few men in number. Yea, very few, and sojourners in it,

Literal Standard Version
In their being few in number, "" But a few, and sojourners in it.

NET Bible
When they were few in number, just a very few, and resident aliens within it,

New Heart English Bible
when they were but a few men in number, yes, very few, and foreigners in it.

World English Bible
when they were but a few men in number, yes, very few, and foreigners in it.

Young's Literal Translation
In their being few in number, But a few, and sojourners in it.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Tell of His Wonders
11“I will give you the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.” 12When they were few in number, few indeed, and strangers in the land, 13they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.…

Cross References
Hebrews 11:9
By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Genesis 23:4
"I am a foreigner and an outsider among you. Give me a burial site among you so that I can bury my dead."

Genesis 34:30
Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble upon me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people of this land. We are few in number; if they unite against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed."

Deuteronomy 7:7
The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than the other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.

Psalm 105:13
they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.


Treasury of Scripture

When they were but a few men in number; yes, very few, and strangers in it.

a few

Genesis 34:30
And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.

Deuteronomy 7:7
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Deuteronomy 26:5
And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

and strangers

Genesis 17:8
And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Genesis 23:4
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.

Acts 7:5
And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.









Verse 12. - When they were but a few men in number; literally, when they were men of number; i.e. when they could be easily counted. A few scores at the utmost, or, with their entire households, a few hundreds (Genesis 14:14; Genesis 33:1). Yea, very few, and strangers in it; i.e. "in the land of Canaan" (comp. Exodus 6:4).

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Lexicon
When they were
בִּֽ֭הְיוֹתָם (bih·yō·w·ṯām)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

few
מְתֵ֣י (mə·ṯê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4962: An adult, a man

in number,
מִסְפָּ֑ר (mis·pār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

few indeed,
כִּ֝מְעַ֗ט (kim·‘aṭ)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

and strangers
וְגָרִ֥ים (wə·ḡā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1481: To turn aside from the road, sojourn, to shrink, fear, to gather for, hostility

in [the land],
בָּֽהּ׃ (bāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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