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!

Revisiting STARS: Kokavim

I love looking at the stars. My Dad had a telescope when I was a child and I was fascinated by the heavens… all those little shining lights had a story and I wanted to know all of them. There's something very beautiful about a clear night sky. It's like ancient light whispering to us… Continue reading Revisiting STARS: Kokavim

Q’tseh ha-arets/Afsey arets: the ENDS of the EARTH

The ENDS of the EARTH: Q'tseh ha-arets & Af’se arets Occasionally we look at a phrase instead of a word. Today is one of those days. The ends of the earth was a common phrase that wove its way through the Bible, from Old to New Testament. In fact, it was a key element to the… Continue reading Q’tseh ha-arets/Afsey arets: the ENDS of the EARTH

Revisiting BETHLEHEM: O Little Town

Many people, at this time of year, rightly associate Bethlehem with the birth of baby Yeshua (Jesus). Although this was an epic event, the story of Bethlehem goes much further back in time. A few years ago we looked at the Biblical footprint of the Hebrew word Bethlehem (which literally means House (bet) of Bread… Continue reading Revisiting BETHLEHEM: O Little Town

Miqqedem: FROM OLD, From Long Ago

FROM BEFORE/FROM OLD/FROM LONG AGO/OF THE EAST: qedem /miqqedem (Strong’s 6924, 6925, 6927). Root: מקדם / קדם Sounds like: k-dem / mee-k'dem Many in the world celebrate the birth of the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) in the month of December. For many Christians this is the second week in Advent, the week of Peace, and the… Continue reading Miqqedem: FROM OLD, From Long Ago