RISE UP: Qum (Strong’s 6965). Root: קום Sounds like: koom The action to rise is all over the Bible. People rose up, got up from their seats, stood, and moved from where they were. This was probably the most generic use of the Hebrew word qum… to get up and go. But the call to… Continue reading Qum: RISE UP!

Ets Khayim: TREE of LIFE

Ets Khayim: Tree of Life The Tree of Life is a symbol that people really gravitate towards regardless of faith or creed. It’s something that people understand. Trees are life-giving; their fruit sustains us. In the Bible Eden’s Tree of Life was the ultimate garden feature, but it was not the only garden feature: Genesis… Continue reading Ets Khayim: TREE of LIFE

Orakh Khayim: The PATH of LIFE

For the past few weeks we've been looking at popular Biblical phrases about life. We've looked at... Living Water (mayim khayim) Fountain of Life (m'qohr khayim) Fountain of Living Water (m'qohr mayim khayim) In the Land of the Living (b-erets khayim) In the Light of the Living (b-ohr ha-khayim) As YHWH Lives (khai YHWH) Previously… Continue reading Orakh Khayim: The PATH of LIFE

B-ohr ha-khayim: In the Light of the Living

In the Light of the Living: B-ohr ha-khayim, from ohr (Strong’s 216) and khai (Strong’s 2416). The Hebrew phrase “b-ohr ha-khayim” (light of the living/light of life) only shows up twice in the Hebrew Bible (in Psalm 56 and Job 33), but the concept of light and life is steeped in the Biblical text, throughout… Continue reading B-ohr ha-khayim: In the Light of the Living

B-erets khayim: In the LAND of the LIVING

Land of the Living: Erets khayim, from erets (Strong’s 776) and khai (Strong’s 2416). The Land of the Living is a phrase that we find scattered in the Hebrew Bible, but the concept of it carries on well into the New Testament. Living on land, of course, is what we do. We were never meant… Continue reading B-erets khayim: In the LAND of the LIVING

M’qohr Khayim Mayim: Fountain of Living Water

Living Water (mayim khayim); Fountain of Life (m’qohr khayim); Fountain of Living Water (m’qohr mayim khayim)... based on the Hebrew words maqohr (Strong's 4726), mayim (Strong's 4325), and khayim (Strong's 2416). Sounds like: m'kohr my'eem khai'eem Today is the 225th posting in HebrewWordLessons! I like that this week we are looking at two common phrases… Continue reading M’qohr Khayim Mayim: Fountain of Living Water

Revisiting LIFE: Khai

On my 45th birthday I published a posting on the Hebrew word for LIFE. I never would have guessed what my life would look like four years later. I was fairly confident I was headed in one direction, but this past September put a significant bend in the road. Not only was there a bend,… Continue reading Revisiting LIFE: Khai


To ISOLATE, to QUARANTINE, to SHUT, to CLOSE: Sagar. Verb. (Strong’s 5462). Root: סגר Sounds like: sag (rhymes with tag) -are, sag’are Is there any word more reflective of today’s climate, than sagar, meaning, to shut, to close, to quarantine, to isolate? We’re all going through it.  Between working from home, winter storms, and required… Continue reading SAGAR: To ISOLATE, QUARANTINE, CLOSE, SHUT


SANCTUARY/SACRED PLACE: Miqdash. Masculine Noun. (Strong's 4720). From the root qodesh, meaning "holy". Original lettering: מקדש Sounds like: mik-dawsh  When I think of the word sanctuary my mind immediately takes me to my favourite novel: Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame de Paris”, published in 1831. In the book the anti-hero, Quasimodo, loved the gypsy Esmerelda. When… Continue reading Miqdash: SANCTUARY!

Amad: STAND Up!

STAND/STOOD: Amad (Strong’s 5975). (See also: yatsav/nitsav, meaning to take a stand (Strong’s 3320, 5324)). Root: עמד Sounds like: a’mawd/ oh’med In Hebrew this word can also mean to stop, settle, fix, appoint, confirm, establish, endure… it’s the idea that these things stand firm. All Creation Stands in the Presence of YHWH From the beginning,… Continue reading Amad: STAND Up!