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Then Yahweh said, “I have seen, yes, seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. For I know their suffering. Bible

“seen, yes, seen” God repeats the word “seen” twice for emphasis, using different aspects of the verb. This is the figure of speech polyptoton, and it might be translated more literally, “seeing I have seen” (for more on polyptoton and this way of translating it, see commentary on Gen. 2:16). That God repeats the word “seen” twice shows that He is very concerned about the Israelites in Egypt and wants to do something about it.


Commentary for: Exodus 3:7