Use of the phrase "Eis"

I’ve seen/heard this phrase a lot on TV, but I don’t know the actual meaning behind it. Can someone provide a bit of explanation on the meaning and usage of this phrase?

Seems to generally be used in situations for:
“This / this here / here it is”

Thanks!

@dwbrace, the closest English equivalents I can think of are here is, or [lo and] behold. It’s a rather lyrical word, which usually introduces an unexpected turn in the narration of an event or brings attention to someone or something.

Here are some examples of use:

  • Eis o cordeiro de Deus (Behold the lamb of God).
  • Eis-me aqui (Here I am).
  • Saí de casa e eis que começou a chover (I left home and, lo and behold, it started raining).

It’s an invariable word.

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Very helpful, obrigado!

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