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Each Hebrew letter represents a sound by which words are spoken. But each letter is also used as a number and a word (picture). And so when I speak of numeric values (gematria) of a particular letter or word, the value of the word is determined by adding up the value of each letter in the word.
Knowing these simple things can be a valuable addition to your array of tools that you have to understand the Bible. So I am listing the Hebrew alphabet (below), along with its numeric value and its word meaning. You may want to keep this in your Bible or Concordance so that you can do your own word studies. This will also help you when I give you some specific word studies.
alef (1), an ox, symbolizing strength, or as the first letter, the top, highest, greatest
beth (2), a house or household, family
gimel (3), a camel, representing being lifted up (often pride)
daleth (4), a door or opening
hey (5), a window, lattice
vav (6), a nail, connector like the word "and"
zayin (7), a weapon, to cut
chet (8), a fence, inner room; to separate, private
tet (9), a snake, to twist, surround
Yood (10), a hand (closed); deed or work
kaf (20), palm or open hand; to open, allow, or cover
lamed (30), an ox goad; authority
mem (40), water, ocean, chaos
noon (50), fish (darting); teeming with life; living
samech (60), a support, prop, or to twist slowly, turn
ayin (70), an eye, to see, acknowledge, watch, manifest
peh (80), a mouth, to speak, a word
tsadik (90), a fish hook, desire
koof (100), back of the head, that which follows
resh (200), a head, leader, person
shin (300), teeth, to consume, devour, destroy
tav (400), a mark or sign (of covenant, ownership, protection)
Appened by Thom Mills / Highcalling.
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