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    The vast majority of Hebrew words (verbs, nouns, and adjectives) have three consonants as their root letters.
    Let's examine some words with the root letters: db[

    Word Type

    Hebrew Word

    Meaning

    Noun

    d,b,[

    slave, servant;
    worshipper (of G_d)

    Noun

    h'dAb][

    work, occupation;
    worship, divine service

    Noun

    h'Dub][

    household, body of servants

    Adjective

    yitWd.b;[

    slavish, servile

    Verb

    dAb][;l

    to work, till;
    to serve, worship

    Verb

    deB;[.l

    to work over, adapt

    Verb

    dyib][;h.l

    to employ;
    to compel to work

    Verb

    deB;[.tih.l

    to be employed;
    to be compelled to work


    Can you see the three root letters in each word? Notice that the infinitive form of the verbs start with the letter, l. This is always the case.


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    Last edited by hyssop; 02-06-2002, 12:00 AM.
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