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evil might be DISTANCED/ but ultimately everything draws its sustenance from Gd. In the Ancient Hebrew mind there is no such thing as an "evil" person or thing. The letter reish can mean ‘head, leadership’ or ‘poverty, misery, lack & isolation’. 23 the word ‘my shepherd’ -as relating to Hashem himself – spelled ‘reish-ayen-yod’ ? If the head is isolated, it is merely an ‘impoverished’ loner. The Hebrew word for evil (i.e., ra’: רַע) also means sad or “heartbreaking.” We must learn to discipline ourselves to think good thoughts since that brings us before the light and blessing of the Father of Lights (אֲבִי הָאוֹרוֹת) from which every good flows (James 1:17). Usually, in the Old Testament the Hebrew word ra` is employed to denote that which is bad. Strong's Number H7451 matches the Hebrew רַע (ra`), which occurs 663 times in 623 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV Page 1 / 13 (Gen 2:9–Num 13:19) How would it apply to the verse ‘VeAhavta le’Reyahha komohha’/ Love your fellow as yourself? Yesterday I did a study on Psalms 139:23: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts:” David realized that something was wrong in his relationship with God. Of course it does not say that the TREE was bad. In fact the word ‘vav’ means ‘hook’, which was used in the mishkan to attach the courtains. The Hebrew word can refer to moral evil, and often does have this meaning in the Hebrew Scriptures. Thank you for reading this Daily Word Study. ( Log Out /  Ra’am is an evil of rage and anger and so forth. To obtain a true understanding of this word these scriptures need to be meditated on and notes made of their meaning in different contexts. Chaim Bentorah will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Woe to those who call evil good? The root of the word teruah is ‘reish-ayen’, or ‘reish-vov-ayen’, meaning ‘to shout’ (in alarm). -conveying the idea that the ‘eye’/ayin comprehends the ultimacy and the urgency of the ‘rosh’…). Incidentally, on the eve of this Shabbos, I prayed at a resting ground of a righteous Tzaddik (a saintly rabbi and teacher). -Perhaps if we see an idea or a person as removed from Hashem, as ISOLATED&therefore a use-less ‘CHUNK’ -it becomes truly ‘graf shel raya- a sweeping of refuse, an irritant. Hi there! It is also translated into English as spirit of impurity or more loosely as "evil spirit." Blog. for an attempt to address the root ‘ayen-reish’ as pertaining to both concealment and revelation of truth, see my other blog on biblical snake. In the midst of an election year, riots, righteous indignation, and flagrant hypocrisy how could you not preach a sermon on Isaiah 5:20? ( Log Out /  —So perhaps this was a lesson that the Torah wanted to convey by using the root ‘Rah’ relating to our fellow man: You shall love others, because they are important to Hashem, they are a part of your nation, your extended family, and an integral part of Hashem’s plan. Only by REMOVING &separating ourselves from Hashem’s will we bring evil to ourselves. Dal used as a verb can mean to draw water, to irrigate a field, to swing on a rope, to swivel on a hinge…. Is there a connecting concept which would connect all those usages??? To EAT from the Tree of Knowledge would be BAD. Sometimes we are just as guilty of evil as those radicals. The shape of the letter lamed is to elevate oneself up from one’s perspective. It seems to me that the main idea of the letter dalet is the concept of connection of two states: as a verb it conveys the action of drawing water or swinging , opening/closing, being lowered or uplifted. If we understand that the root ‘rah’ relates to the idea of a series of small pieces, then it depends on the context: if those pieces are used to gradually make something stronger (as a shepherd feeding his flock with appropriate PORTIONS), or as viewing our fellow as a connected to us and to the Klal, and therefore a valuable human being, or as a series of sounds of a shofar, which collectively serve to awaken us to teshuvah. Is that the fate of the United States? Great tool to bookmark for study! ra or ra’ah (Resh-Ayin) – Strong’s 7451. ( Log Out /  How to Say Evil in Hebrew. He knew it wasn’t God’s fault but he could not put his finger on what was wrong so he asked God to audit his heart and instruct him in what was wrong. There will arise leaders who oppose Israel just as there arose kings in Persia who would eventually oppose Israel. noun רַע. We have God’s word to back us up on that. Aren’t these two concepts very different? but the word of God stands forever. Log In. (RAH vs. ROHEH)? Ask Chaim Bentorah Any Bible Study Question. These questions have been on my mind for years, but I wasn’t able to find or to come up with a convincing answer, until this Shabbos, when we read the chapter of Matan Torah, The public revelation of Go’d’s Torah to the entire nation. However, if you’re a Christian then you know that’s not the case. The gemorah teaches us that there are three distinct types of blowing: te°ruah, tekiya, shevarim. If you want to know how to say evil in Hebrew, you will find the translation here. It seems that those ideas express and convey the essence of ‘knowledge’ rather well. Feminine raaah; as … This will break out the verse in Hebrew with the english beside it the Strong’s number is also available for each Hebrew word. Showing page 1. For instance, the third letter could be a Beth for ra’av which is an evil of hunger and starvation. The root of this word is tza•fan, which means code, encode, cypher (or cipher). It should be noted that the English word "evil" has no Ancient Hebrew equivelant, while most English translations will use the word "evil," it is usually the Hebrew word ra, which is also often translated as "bad." That third letter could be a Daleth for ra’ad which is an evil that causes you to lose control. For example "goodness" is light and salt and when abstracts are used they shape a concrete like "good soil", "good seed" or "good fruit" which are very simple concepts to understand. That third letter could be a Daleth for ra’ad which is an evil that causes you to lose control. Many Hebrew words are used for both cultic and social evil. The word woe in Hebrew is hoy which is an interjection that is onomatopoetic. -Why is the Hebrew ROOTword for evil – ‘rah’ רע (reish-ayen) used as well for ‘your fellow man’- as in ‘ve’ahavta le’rah‘yehha ka’mohha’ (you shall love your fellow man as yourself)? The root word could be one of ten possible Hebrew words. Hashem is the OPPOSITE of evil, how can the verse refer to Gd using the same letters as used in rah-evil??? Or it can be used in a negative sense: graf shel reya, sweepings of no value, for they have no purpose. if we see others as part of Hashem’s plan in the world, as a ‘part of a unified, meaningful whole’, they become ‘rayahho-your fellow man’. Only the ACTION OF EATING FROM THIS PARTICULAR TREE was considered evil- because it was against Hashem’s will. What constitutes ‘evil’ ? The letter ‘ayin’ usually means ‘eye’ . I feel that perhaps some holiness had ‘rubbed off’ and helped me come up with an answer…. -conveys the idea of ‘portioning, sustenance’. God will defend His standards and those who break them have a woe against them. yasha-save; saviour; deliver; help; salvation; preserved. In the very same chapter of tehillim, ch.23 verse 4, it is written: ‘lo yeero roh, ki ato eemodi’ -”I shall not fear evil, because You Hashem are with me” ? -Why is the Hebrew ROOTword for evil – ‘rah’ רע (reish-ayen) used as well for ‘your fellow man’- as in ‘ve’ahavta le’ rah ‘yehha ka’mohha’ (you shall love your fellow man as yourself)? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Well, it says in Judges 17:6 that everyone did what was right in their own eyes. That is a word whose meaning is found in its pronunciation. Skip Moen. ANTOINETTE (Canada) August 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm. I believe God intended for all the evils that are listed to be included in this word which is why we do not have the third letter. It can mean ‘sin’ since the eyeball hints at a cursory  WARPED (CURVED) BIASED glance= lacking in perspective, lacking in due consideration something deserves. Can I ask a favor? bad 23, bad* 2, badly 1, deadly 1, defamed* 1, defames* 1, defect* 1, destroying 1, displease* 1, displeased 1, displeasing 1, distressing 1, evil 124, evil man 3, evil men 4, evil things 4, evildoer 1, evildoers* 1, evils 1, great 1, grievous 4, harm* 1, harmful 3, man 1, miserable 1, misfortune* 1, sad 4, selfish* 1, serious 1, severe 2, sore 2, threats* 1, treacherous 1, trouble* 1, troubled 1, ugly 6, unpleasant 1, what is evil 2, what was evil 5, which is evil … (the shape of the letter ayen seems to convey two eyes focused on a common point, similar to the letter ‘y’… ), So the root ‘dalet”ayen is the combination of an idea of convergence of two states of being [dalet] & an act of regard (‘eye-balling’ and potentially ‘answering’ [ayen]. Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”. 30:11-20, Moses summarizes the basic expectations God has for the Jewish people. Share this Daily Word Study with your friends on Facebook and Twitter by clicking one of the icons below. so to ‘know’ means to see the connection, and to understand the way to respond to this connection, i.e.- to put this connection of  forces into practice. What Does The Word ‘Deliver’ Mean In Hebrew? When the Lord says (in the King James Version), “I make peace, and create evil,” the Hebrew word employed is ra’ah. The only way to argue is to show someone Scripture, but of course, they are burning that. Many times the bad is physical; it may have been occasioned by the sins for which the people of the nation were responsible, or it may have come, not as a retribution, but from accident or mismanagement or causes unknown. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s our nature “the evil inclination” is egoism. The root of the letter ‘tov’ is ‘TIV’-SPINNING, which conveys the idea of CONNECTING thin, weak strands into one strong thread. Alternatively it might be related to Akkadian littu meaning "cow". While "Ha-Ra" means "the evil." If we do an act congruent with Hashem’s will, we are CONNECTED to Hashem. just saw a blog about this issue treated in a very different manner but at the end he quotes rabbi hirsh who seems to give opinion which validates my thoughts http://www.marbitz.com/essay/evil.html. And substituting darkness for light. Hebrew words are supposed to be three letters minimum, but here we have a word that is only two letters, Resh Ayin. It is right because I say it is right and who are you to argue. Evil has become such an evil word. In Judaism, yetzer hara (Hebrew: יֵצֶר הַרַע ‎ yēṣer haraʿ) is the congenital inclination to do evil, by violating the will of God. Few pastors in American have not preached on this passage in the past few months. What a wonderful example of calling evil good. Someone deserving our respect? Ra’al is an evil of drunkenness and causing confusion. This second time the word evil is used it is associated with God and is a different word for evil in the Hebrew which is ra’ah which is the word for shepherd or friend, or a consuming passion. Thank you for reading this Daily Word Study. Let’s just pause here and let our indignation settle down a little and examine this verse. ( Log Out /  Is it someone who did us favor in the past, to whom we owe gratitude? Origin: Hebrew, literally “evil tongue,” slanderous speech prohibited in the Torah. Follow Us Home > Words that start with E > evil > English to Hebrew translation. But before we take our stand, we need to study Scripture and have a Scriptural basis for what is evil. The other is also good, for nothing but good can “emerge from the Supernal One”; but it is a “concealed good,” a good that is subject to how we choose to receive and experience it. Skip, what is the Hebrew word for evil? Is it a blood relative? Obviously the Tanach (Jewish Bible) is written in Hebrew so the word 'evil' is not present in the text. -Why is the Hebrew word for a shepherd ‘roheh’ (reish vov ayen hei) – in Tehillim chapt. The root of the letter ‘tov’ is ‘TIV’-SPINNING, which conveys the idea of CONNECTING thin, weak strands into one strong thread. So, both letter reish & letter ayin can at times convey the ideas of poverty: Reish can mean poor, poverty, something missing or isolated, LACKING (rish), or HEAD ”rosh”, and letter ‘ayen’ (ani) can mean ‘a poor, lacking, humiliated, LACKING person’, or ”answer” Both can be used POSITIVELY & Negatively. ]], The letter ayen means ‘eye’ (in a broader sense: regard, answer, response [also notably -humility]), So the root ‘dalet”ayen’ which signifies ‘knowledge’ might perhaps convey that meaning. Such is the nature of evil: if it’s not connected to Gd, to a higher purpose, but merely to one’s own short-term petty urges, it becomes an insignificant, isolated mote of dirt…. Therefore, I wanted to look up what the word lust means in Hebrew and Greek. ", Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. KJV: an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; INT: which cannot remove in it your necks. Separating ourselves from the will of Hashem. No, not to their degree, but often we set our own standards which may not be God’s standards. (If we reverse the letters, we’ll have Ayin-Reish= to awaken!!! How come the same two letters reish-ayen refer both to FRIEND & to EVIL? Hebrew Word Studies Index || Search this website || Greek Word Studies Index. I am sure if you didn’t know where it was found you have been looking for it. So ‘reish-ayin’ can convey the ideas of =  reish  as : ‘head’, but also ‘misery, poverty. evil translation in English-Hebrew dictionary. Can I ask a favor? The term is drawn from the phrase "the imagination of the heart of man [is] evil" ( יֵצֶר לֵב הָאָדָם רַע ‎, yetzer lev-ha-adam ra ), which occurs twice in the Hebrew Bible, at Genesis 6:5 and 8:21. Dal can mean ‘less’ or ‘a poor person’. noun רֶשַׁע. But if we compare the use of the word רע where God is talking about good and evil, as He is in Isaiah 45:7, we find that רע must mean "evil." How could I not do a study on this verse? http://shlomozalman.xanga.com/771695151/secret-of-the-biblical-snake/, Shlomo Zalman ben Chana, Chof”Gimmel Shvat Motzey Shabbos of Parshas Yisro 5773. ZALMAN SLOWIK   MOTZEI SHABBOS PARSHAS YISRO, FEB.2, 2013. someone had asked me if it.s possible for evil to exist independently from Gd?i think that there is purpose for everything created/ sometimes just to provide a contrasting backdrop for pure godly goodness. The word in Hebrew used here for seeing is ra’ah spelled Resh Aleph Hei. Sign Up. With the deeper Hebraic understanding of what "Ra" means, we would more accurately translate "Lashon Ha-Ra" to mean "the- destroying tongue." Value of evil in Gematria is 734, Online Gematria Calculator with same phrases values search and words. Gd created some things not to be used but as a contrast: what NOT to do. The Hebrew word for evil is רַע, rah, which occurs 664 times in the Old Testament and is translated as evil, wickedness, disaster, harm, bad, fierce, downcast, ugly, etc. (Hashem rohee, lo ehhsar- Gd is my shepherd, I shall not lack’) How can we refer to Gd himself using the very same letters as we do for ‘evil’ –reish ayen ??? Does it mean any Jew? Otherwise, we are no different than that radical who says that busting a window and helping yourself to the loot to feed your family is good. Ultimately it is ra’a which is worshipping another god. Perhaps we can say that the ‘badness’ of the tree was the fact that eating of it was against Hashem’s will. ), For example, it might be a series of short sounds, like in Te’RUAH, or in graf shel re’ah, sweeping of unwanted °pieces°. It is a loan word from the Middle Egyptian which is only two letters and just happens to be the name of Egypt’s chief God – Ra. It can signify the ACTION of drawing, or of SWINGING/SWIVELING as a DOOR on a hinge, or as a BUCKET on a rope. It is very likely that the closeness between the Hebrew word, ‘e•veel,’ and the English word, ‘evil,’ is the culprit for the mistranslations in the Bible. Chaim Bentorah has his own personal view on these ra words. Yes, we need to take a stand against evil in this day. In the words of our sages, “No evil descends from heaven”—only two types of good. After all, you are your own god and you get to set your own standards. Perhaps once we form an opinion about something, it becomes ”poorer” through not being able to be some OTHER things…. What lesson is intended in using the word ‘rei’ah‘ (fellow man) which is perhaps less clear? SO, how can the word ‘RAH’ be used in connection with Hashem, or in a positive context, as in ‘reiahho’ – your fellow man??? It is the word ra in Hebrew. “ For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not. The word tza•fon is more than just a mere direction. Evil translation in English - Hebrew Reverso dictionary, see also 'each time',enjoyment',each person', examples, definition, conjugation Woe for a cry of grief or pain. Perhaps we can say that we haven’t humiliated a person until we SAW him/her & FAILED TO RESPOND- hence ayen-nuun-yod means ‘a poor, humbled person’. The word hate is a very strong word. TWOT 2191. Also very interesting is the Hebrew word for meat or flesh which is Basar and the fact that Hebrew didn’t have a word for body. -When is something ‘bad’? In English translations of the Bible, unclean spirit is a common rendering of Greek pneuma akatharton, which in its single occurrence in the Septuagint translates Hebrew ruaḥ tum'ah. Please try again. When it’s USELESS, disCONNECTED from its Source, from its sense of purpose. רוע. We Christians would never commit evil we are good. Are we supposed to learn something from the fact that ‘rahyehha’ and ‘rah’ have exactly the same shoresh (root) of letters reish & ayen? Well following the traditional rule of thumb it would be ra’a which is an evil paying homage to another god. -What makes something ‘evil’? The only difference mentioned in the Torah about the Tree of Knowledge was the fact that Hashem has commanded Adam not to eat from it. That’s why I want to take a look at what the word hate means in Hebrew and Greek. But, interestingly, the word ‘ano’ -ayen-nuun-hei, can  also mean ‘to answer, to oppress, to afflict, humiliate; The word ‘ani’, ayen-nuun-yod, means a poor person. Dalus= poverty. The letter ‘vov’ in itself conveys ‘connection’. -One of the names for Rosh HaShana is ‘Yom Teruah’ -in fact the Torah in parshas Pinhhas, Bamidbar 29:1 refers to Rosh HaShana as the Day of Blowing (of Shofar). In the Old Testament Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. because the letter ‘dalet’ conveys the sense of connecting two differing states of being, bringing two concepts together- drawing water, opening a door or a lid, lifting up a bucket etc; while the letter ‘ayen’ conveys a sense of response & humility- maybe because if one is ‘full of oneself, s/he cannot really ‘see’. (interestingly, the very first time the expression ‘not-good’ is used, it refers to Adom being ALONE: ”It is not good for a man to be alone” Bereishis 2:18). the flower fades; Learn how to say evil in Hebrew and a lot of other related words. From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah), which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". More Hebrew words for evil. (RAH vs. ROHEH)? However, due to the diversity of possible definitions, it is unwise to assume that “I create evil” in Isaiah 45:7 refers to God bringing moral evil into existence. The … Even its shape conveys a connection of two directions. for an attempt to address the root ‘ayen-reish’ as pertaining to both concealment and revelation of truth, see my other blog on biblical snake.http://shlomozalman.xanga.com/771695151/secret-of-the-biblical-snake/  Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. But people who burn God’s Words, how do they determine what is evil and good? While that remains true today, there are some other meanings for this word found in the ancient languages. Hebrew words for evil eye include עַיִן רַעָה and עין רעה. Ra’al is an evil … Shouldn’t we learn the reason for it?). 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