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Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

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Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Hebrew: Transliteration:
Out of all the whole, all Noun H3605 מִכֹּ֣ל mik·kol
these this, here Pronoun H2088 הַזֶּ֗ה haz·zeh
people people Noun H5971 הָעָ֣ם ha·'am
700 seven Noun H7651 שְׁבַ֤ע she·va
choice to choose H977    
men man Noun H376 אִ֣ישׁ ish
were left-handed; shut up, bound Adjective H334 אִטֵּ֖ר it·ter
each the whole, all Noun H3605 כָּל־ kol-
one this, here Pronoun H2088 זֶ֗ה zeh
Analysis:

One: God

Refers to HaShem (God), Who is One. This number can also refer to unity. The first place the number "one" occurs is in Genesis 1:5. There one reads, "And there was an evening and there was a morning— one day". Later on in this same book of Genesis, it is stated concerning the man and his wife, "And they became one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). It is very significant that in both of these examples there was a multiplicity for the subject. In the first example, the evening and the morning became one day and in the second example, it was Adam and Eve who became one flesh.

One of the most famous passages in the Torah concerning HaShem is Deuteronomy 6:4 which states, "Hear O Israel the Lord your God the Lord is One." The question that a person must ask himself is what is the connection between the use of the Hebrew word אחד "one" which identifies a multiplicity being one and the fact that the Lord God of Israel is One? The answer is that the Hebrew word אחד can relate to the concept for one as in "unification". There is another Hebrew word that would have been possible to be used if the author wanted to refer to an absolute oneness or singleness. This is the Hebrew word יחיד. In fact, there is a well-known prayer in Judaism which states, "אחד ואין יחיד כיחודו". This phrase should be translated as, "(God is) One and there is no singularity as His singularity." The idea that is being expressed in this prayer is that the Lord God of Israel is One; but not an absolute One; rather there is a uniqueness and a complexity to His Oneness.

The number one is frequently employed to express in the Scriptures one object, such as one man or one tabernacle. This usage would be the simple or common purpose that the number one or for that matter any number, would appear in a Biblical text. Often the appearance of a number does not contain any of the significance that Hebrew numerology might offer. Therefore, the reader must always consider when coming across a verse which contains a number, that the number only expresses an amount and no additional significance. 

Because the number one is often associated with God, there is a unique phenomenon in the Scriptures concerning this number. Sometimes the number one is employed to express a unique relationship that the object has to HaShem. For example,

"And it will be one day, it will be known to HaShem..." Zechariah 14:7

In the text above, Zechariah could have stated simply, "And it will be a day…" The fact that the prophet said "one day" is to convey that this day is uniquely related to God. Similarly, it is stated by the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 37, "one King", "one nation" and "one Shepherd" (see Ezekiel 37:22, 24). Each of these objects—King, nation and Shepherd—has a connection to HaShem. The King and Shepherd is Messiah Yeshua, the Son of God and the one nation is Israel, the people of God.

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could sling to sling, hurl forth Verb H7049 קֹלֵ֧עַ ko·le·a'
a stone a stone Noun H68 בָּאֶ֛בֶן ba·'e·ven
at a hair hair Noun H8185 הַֽשַּׂעֲרָ֖ה has·sa·'a·rah
and not miss. to miss, go wrong, sin Verb H2398 יַחֲטִֽא׃ ya·cha·ti.

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New American Standard Bible Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.
King James Bible Out of Among all these this people 700 choice men there were left-handed; each seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling a stone stones at a an hair breadth, and not miss.
Interlinear Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.