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"I had the petitions that I desired of them."

What does "I had the petitions" exactly mean here? "I made the petitions" or "I received what I petitioned" or something else?

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Where did you find this sentence? Is it from the Bible?

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thanks1I had the petitions

To me it says that I had the pieces of paper on which the requests were written.

CJ

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A petition is a piece of paper with a request for something on it, usually legal.

For example, there is a form you can fill out if you want a divorce. When it is filled out, it is is called a petition for divorce.

Mrs. Smith filed a petition at the courthouse for a divorce. The judge granted it.
thanks1"I had the petitions that I desired of them."

I had the petitions. = I had these requests for things that I want.

I desired of them - "Them" refers to the judges who have the power or authority to give you what you want.

This sort of style is not used in contemporary English except in very formal circumstances.

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Yes, how did you know that?:) Could you tell me the exact meaning?

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Yes, how did you know that?:) Could you tell me the exact meaning?

You will have to consult a theologian, as interpreting holy scripture is not my expertise.
And you may find disagreement among theologians, so you have to choose the one who is most sympathetic to your beliefs.

No, No, what I want is not theology thing. I just want to know the meaning of the English phrase "had the petitions" in that context. I'd like you to tell me what you understand as a native speaker, if you don't mind. That'll do it for me:) Thanks.

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Thank you for your answer, Mr. CJ Emotion: smile

By the way, isn't there any chance that phrase means "I got what I desired from them"?

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Thank you for your answer, Mr. CJ

By the way, isn't there any chance that phrase means "I got what I desired from them"?

Emotion: tongue tied I don't see how.

Assuming "that phrase" is

I had the petitions that I desired of them,

how does "the petitions" become "what"?

(That 'had' can be paraphrased as 'got' is not a problem, however.)

CJ

Okay, I got it. Thanks again Emotion: smile

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