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Help identifying this Hebrew word: "lesh," meaning "narcissistic"?

The Hebrew word you are looking for is לֵץ. However, according to the Academy of the Hebrew Language (established in 1953),1 the Hebrew word לֵץ should be transliterated into English as lets, not lesh....
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What Does "and of Their Fat" Specifically Mean in Abel's Sacrifice to God?

Abel not only followed the example and precedent set by Jehovah-Elohim himself (who had slain animal life to provide coats of skins for Adam and for Eve) he offered the firstlings. Cain offered fruit, ...
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Does righteousness come from the law or not?

We need to read on and follow through the logic of the next Galatians chapter, so that we can understand why Paul is saying this. It is the case, as Ezekiel affirms, that keeping of the law WOULD lead ...
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On Why Joseph Specifically Chose Simeon to be the Hostage in Gen. 42?

The only brother who wanted to save Joseph when he was placed in the pit was Ruben. His main motivation must have been that, as the firstborn, he was responsible for his younger siblings. Genesis 37:...
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Who was the Man Jacob wrestled with at Peniel?

The Prophet Hosea answers this question with by equating the man with "an angel": In the womb he supplanted his brother, and in his vigor he contended with a divine being; He contended with ...
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The gender of the Hebrew word Spirit in Hebrew English Interlinear

The Hebrew "construct" state occurs when there are two nouns in succession: the first noun is in the construct state and the second noun in the absolute state with an "of" between ...
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Where is the location of the "Red Sea" crossing depicted in the events of Exodus? (Exodus 14)

Sea of Reeds is indeed a better translation the Red Sea. Dennis Brachter, writing for The VOICE explains: The word yam in Hebrew is the ordinary word for "sea," although in Hebrew it is ...
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Was God tired while creating the universe?

The answer to the OP's question is explicitly answered (including the context of creation) in Isa 40:28 - Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends ...
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How many mighty warriors did David have? 37 or 53?

Isn't it possible that the group was in flux and did not have carefully defined boundaries? That's what any student of history would expect. Then the Chronicler could be including former members of ...
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What kind of sanctification/purifying was done in Joshua 3:5?

Joshua 3:5 harkens back to a previous moment when God did wonders among the people: his appearance at Mt. Sinai: Ex. 19 The Lord also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and ...
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Resting in Genesis 2:2 (ESV) and the concept of Tikkun

The Definition: Tikkun is a term used in Rabbinic Judaism to describe the ongoing process of repairing and perfecting the world. In the Book of Genesis, it states in verse 2:2, “And on the seventh day ...
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Heb 1:1-2 Didn't he also speak to us through His Angels?

Hebrews is making the case that the Messiah in fact came and he is King of kings and Lord of lords. The superior authority sent to fulfill the law. The old covenant vs the new covenant is the theme of ...
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Is a married rape victim to be put to death according to Deuteronomy 22:22?

I suggest that the logic of these laws involves the assumption that married women don't go out into the open country and therefore cannot get raped there. As implied by the comments of Boaz, in Ruth ...
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Is the root chosen for translation in Isaiah 14:12 for helel הילל wrong in most translations and lexicons?

Isaiah 14:12 could read: "How you have fallen from heaven; Wail, son of the dawn!" Helel or Heylel From the verb הלל (halal), to shine or praise. From the verb ילל (yalal), to howl or wail. ...
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Is Psalm 5:3 referring to prayer or sacrifice?

The Hebrew line in question is "בֹּקֶר אֶעֱרׇךְ־לְךָ" — literally, "in the morning I shall arrange to You". No Jewish interpretation of this Hebrew that I can find talks at all ...
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Is Psalm 5:3 referring to prayer or sacrifice?

I was about to offer my literal translation of Ps 5:3 and noticed that the NASB produced a very similar result: In the morning, LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will present to You and ...
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BHS inscription between Psalms and Job

The text in question is an end-note by an editor, fairly typical of printed editions of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Thanks to a friend whose Hebrew is fluent (mine is not), I learned that the ...
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Why is Bilhah referred to as Jacob's wife in one passage and his concubine in another? can the hebrew be tranlsated it as woman and not wife

An answer based on definitions: In Jewish tradition a "concubine" (Hebrew: פִּילֶגֶשׁ; "pilegesh") is a specific type of "wife." This is a different concept from oriental ...
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Where should Isaiah 9:1 be and honor/afflict

I have nothing to add to the question of translation, but regarding the placement, several English-language bibles do place it in chapter 8. We often ignore the last verses of a preceding chapter, so ...
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Where should Isaiah 9:1 be and honor/afflict

This word is in the hifil and as Dottard mentioned both meanings are valid. כבד: ... hif: ... 1. to make heavy: ... 2. to make dull, make unresponsive ... 3. to cause to be honoured ... 4. to make ...
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Where should Isaiah 9:1 be and honor/afflict

In this answer I will not address the question of the chapter division as this is not part of the original Bible text. The other question turns on the meaning (as the OP has said) of the word כָּבַד. ...
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Who was the Man Jacob wrestled with at Peniel?

The "Man" who wrestled with Jacob was an angel. Angels are often described by the people living in OT times as "אלוהים" i.e. "gods." Thus, Jacob refers to seeing his ...
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Why is the frequency of the "Lord of Hosts" greater in the post-exilic prophets than in any other OT text?

The phrase 'יהוה שבאות' is commonly referred to as the 'battle name' of the Lord. This is because 'hosts' refers to military powers, as seen throughout the Tanakh, but Numbers 10:14 or 1 Chronicles 7:...
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Masoretic apparatus in Psalm 89 of the Stuttgartensia

This is the minor Masorah, which is a collection of notes by the Masoretes. They correspond to the words in the verse which have the little circle above them. The ל here is an abbreviation of the word ...
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Why was Israel allowed to take spoil from Ai, but not Jericho?

First Fruits There is an all-prevailing teaching throughout the Old Testament (Tanakh): the First Fruits belong to the LORD.! In the Torah the first of the harvest was to be taken to the Tabernacle (...
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What does the psalmist mean in Psalm 38:3-4?

The passage (Psalms 38:4 in the Hebrew): אֵין־שָׁל֥וֹם בַּ֝עֲצָמַ֗י מִפְּנֵ֥י חַטָּאתִֽי Your interpretation lines up closely with the traditional interpretation of this passage. Malbim quotes the ...
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Heb 1:1-2 Didn't he also speak to us through His Angels?

Both Heb 1:1 (message delivered by prophets) and Heb 2:2 (message delivered by angels) are correct for two reasons: Message variously delivered There are many messages delivered by God's prophets in ...
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Heb 1:1-2 Didn't he also speak to us through His Angels?

Literary Structure The writer establishes two pairs: prophets-Son and angels-Lord. Hebrews (ESV) Prophets-Son 1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 1:...
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