Hebrew Word of the Day: Curse
September 25, 2010 Leave a comment
To curse someone is an action [verb] whereby one:
- appeals to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
- hex: an evil spell;
- wish harm upon; invoke evil upon;
- bane: something causing misery or death;
- excommunicate: exclude from a church or a religious community;
- a severe affliction
- utter obscenities or profanities;
Charam [Chet, Resh, Mem]
To seclude; consecrate by banning and devoting to religious uses; capture; destroy; accurse;
ChR – Outside man i.e. heat; a man in the desert becomes pale and hot. Rather than work in the heat, one waits until the breeze of the day. The wages earned for the work. Anger as a hot emotion. A bleaching by the sun
RM – Lift; anything that is high or lifted up
ChM – separate water i.e. cheese; made by placing milk in a bag made outof animal skin. Th bag was hung out in the sun annd pushed back and forth. The skin of the bag contained an enzyme that when heated and heat caused the milk to sour and the skin of the bag contained an enzyme that when heated and shaken caused the milk to sour and separate into two parts, fat [as curds, cheese] and water [as whey]. The whey could be drunk and the curds eaten or stored for future consumption.
This is the throwing of a net to capture fish, animals or man. It is to capture something that is dedicated for something special hence that has been separated. Also to capture something to destroy it. Perhaps this is what Yahowshua refered to in one of his parables whereby the fisherman threw away the bad fish and kept the good fish. As for the parable of the wedding banquet, although it was the angels who fetched those invited, it was he who would turn away those unprepared and welcome those who were hence the dedication and destruction meaning.
The curse here is one who has been separated due to their capture and they are to be destroyed.
To puncture, to perforate with violence; appoint, blaspheme, curse, strike through
NQ – Life drain in i.e. suckle; the innocent cry of a baby when hungry
QB – Surround the inside i.e. jar; a container for storing. The stomach as a jar inside of man that stores food
NB – Seed inside i.e. germinate; a seed opens and the plant bores through the soil to the surface. The plant rises and produces fruit. A prophecy is a germinating of words that will bring about fruit.
It is to pierce through i.e to puncture, penetrate. Hunger pangs can pierce through the stomach, and can feel like a curse [affliction, misery]. NB. Naqiy means free from guilt or sin i.e innocent; naqah is to acquit; to declare one innocent of a crime or oath, to be or make clean. Naqam is to avenge [perhaps due to the death of an innocent person]. Nqamah is the desire or passion for revenge i.e. vengeance. Here, the curse is the inflicting of evil upon one who is guilty.
The following words have the following in common
QL – Gathering to the staff i.e. shepherd; He travelled light [hence could move swiftly] carrying with him a long staff for directing sheep as well as for protecting them from predators. He also carried a bag which included some food supplies. The sheep knew the voice of their shepherd. When it cam time to move he would call them and they would quickly gather to him. Also to make light of someone as in shame, curse or dishonour
To be or make light i.e. lightly esteem; bring into contempt, accurse
The shepherd could either use the staff for good [guiding the way], or non-good [i.e. protection via prodding them]. This is the opposite of kaved [glory]. The meaning of glory is to make heavy i.e. give weight to something. To dishonour is to make light of something.
To maim, lacking in his parts
They were thought to have received judgement i.e. a curse from Yahovah
Ta’alah [Tav, Aleph, Lamed, Hei]
to curse wishing harm upon, invoking evil upon;
AL – Ox in a yoke i.e. muscle; Oxen the strongest of the livestock, were placed in a yoke [carried staff on the shoulders [yoke - Isaiah 9:4] which harnessed power via pulling loads [wagon, plow]]. Often two oxen were yoked together. A older more experienced ox would be teamed up with a younger, less experienced ox. The elder is the strong authority who via the yoke, teaches the younger ox. It refers to power i.e. one holding authority over others such as a chief, judge, God. A treaty or covenant binds two parties together through an oath [yoke]. The oath included blessings for abiding by the covenant and curses for breaking the covenant [see Deuteronomy 28]. The God of the Hebrews was seen as the older ox who is yoked to his people in a covenant relationship.
Alah means to adjure i.e. to curse to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty. Here the curse is from a master with authority to someone beneath them.
So there are different types of ‘curse’, and we should be careful when reading about cursing in the bible as it may have a different meaning to what we think it is.