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He bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and named the city which he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.

Lexicon

Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Hebrew: Transliteration:
He bought to get, acquire Verb H7069 וַיִּ֜קֶן vai·yi·ken
the hill mountain, hill, hill country Noun H2022 הָהָ֥ר ha·har
Samaria capital of N. kingdom of Isr. Noun H8111 שֹׁמְרֹ֛ון sho·me·ro·vn
Analysis:
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from Shemer three Isr. Noun H8106 שֶׁ֖מֶר she·mer
Analysis:
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for two talents a round, a round district, a round loaf, a round weight, a talent (a measure of weight or money) Noun H3603 בְּכִכְּרַ֣יִם be·chik·ke·ra·yim
Analysis:

Two: Two divergent opinions

The classic example for the number "two" is found in Matthew chapter 26. There, Yeshua says to His disciples,

"You know that after two days comes the Passover, and the Son of Man will be given over for crucifixion."  Matthew 26:2

The phrase "after two days" is somewhat meaningless because after two days can mean three or more days. The period is unspecified. The reason for such ambiguous language is because the purpose of the number two in this passage is not solely numerical. This means that the text is not intending to provide the reader with some definite information concerning a time period. Rather, the purpose of the number two in this context is one of the numerological meanings of the number two.  Often the number two relates to two divergent opinions. In the aforementioned verse, the author wants to inform the reader that there are two very different understandings for this coming Passover. Yeshua wants to emphasize that He is going up to Jerusalem in order to die as the true Passover sacrifice. Even though Yeshua states this emphatically, the disciples did not receive this. In fact, the disciples did not perceive at all what was going to take place during Passover in regard to Yeshua. In other words, Yeshua and the disciples have two divergent opinions concerning the Passover.

This same principle is also found in the Hebrew Bible (Old Covenant). In the book of Amos one reads,

"Can two walk together without them having agreed" Amos 3:3

The word which was translated into English with the phrase "them having agreed" is נועדו. The root of this word is יעד, which relates to a specific destination. The word which precedes this word is בלתי and in this context the word implies a change to the condition. In other words, had there not been a change in the condition, then the two could not walk together, i.e. they could not have arrived at the common destination.

The concept of divergent or different is also seen in the book of Genesis. In speaking about the sun and moon one reads, "And God made two great lights…" (Genesis 1:16). Obviously the sun and moon are very different, as one is a source of light, while the latter just reflects light. Also in the book of Genesis, one encounters the account of the flood. Here Noah is commanded to bring onto the ark two sorts of each type of animal. In this passage, the two relates to two different (or divergent) kinds of the same sort, i.e. male and female. 

Likewise, two angels came to Sodom, demonstrating that the people of Sodom had a very different way of living from that of the Law of God. Once again, the reader should not assume that every occurrence of the number two in the Bible demands this interpretation. However, one will find in a great majority of Biblical passages, the reader will be assisted in arriving at the proper interpretation, when he considers this divergent quality for the number two. 

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of silver; silver, money Noun H3701 כָּ֑סֶף ka·sef;
and he built to build Verb H1129 וַיִּ֙בֶן֙ vai·yi·ven
on the hill, mountain, hill, hill country Noun H2022 הָהָ֔ר ha·har,
and named to call, proclaim, read Verb H7121 וַיִּקְרָ֗א vai·yik·ra
the city city, town Noun H5892 הָעִיר֙ ha·'ir
which who, which, that Particle H834 אֲשֶׁ֣ר a·sher
he built to build Verb H1129 בָּנָ֔ה ba·nah,
Samaria, capital of N. kingdom of Isr. Noun H8111 שֹׁמְרֹֽון׃ sho·me·ro·vn.
Analysis:
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after upon, above, over Prepostion H5921 עַ֣ל al
the name a name Noun H8034 שֶׁם־ shem-
of Shemer, three Isr. Noun H8106 שֶׁ֔מֶר she·mer,
Analysis:
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the owner lord Noun H113 אֲדֹנֵ֖י a·do·nei
of the hill. mountain, hill, hill country Noun H2022 הָהָ֥ר ha·har

Locations

Samaria

SAMARIA, CITY OFsa-ma'-ri-a, (shomeron; Samareia, Semeron, and other forms):(1) Shechem was the first capital of the Northern Kingdom (1 Kings 12:25). Jeroboam seems later to have removed the royal residence to Tirzah (1 Kings 14:17). After the brief reigns of Elah and Zimri came that of Omri, who reigned 6 years in Tirzah, then he purchased the hill of Sama... View Details

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New American Standard Bible He bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and named the city which he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.
King James Bible He And he bought the hill Samaria from of Shemer for two talents of silver; silver, and he built on the hill, and named called the name of the city which he built Samaria, built, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.hill, Samaria.
Hebrew Greek English He bought the hill Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and named the city which he built Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.