Hebrew Word of the Day: Judge

A judge is defined as one who:

  1. determines the result of
  2. evaluates: form a critical opinion of
  3. estimates: judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  4. pronounces: pronounce judgement on
  5. puts on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

Hebrew Words

The following two words take their meaning from thus root:

ShP – Sharp teeth in the mouth i.e. a serpent [venomous snake] with sharp fangs. A case for holding arrows i.e. likened to sharp teeth placed in the mouth. A drawing in by swallowing [as a snake swallows its prey] also, to draw in air or water.

Shaphat [Shin, Pei, Tet]

To judge i.e. pronounce sentence [for or against]; by indication to vindicate or punish; condemn or defend

ShTh – Repeat around i.e. lash; two object are lashed together by wrapping a cord around them. The lashing at or out of someone or something with a cord or branch. Despise as a lashing out. An oar lashes out at the water. Ruling over cases as well as the action of deciding a case. NB. Mishpat [Mem, Shin, Pei, Tet] means a verdict [un]favourable.

Shaphat [Shin, Pei, Tav]

To set in place;  figuratively to establish; ordain; a [double] stall for e.g. cattle; a peg for hanging items

ShT – Buttock; the place of sitting, a foundation. A banquet as a time sitting together. NB. Mishpat [Mem, Shin, Pei, Tav] means a stall for cattle [dual]; a burden [can place items on saddlebags]; sheepfold.

Diyn [Dalet Yud, Nun]

A straight course; To judge

DN – Door of life i.e. rule; the goal of one who rules or judges is to bring a pleasant and righteous life to the people. A quarrel requiring the need of a ruler or judge to mediate the incident. A deliverer as one who brings life to his people. Please read the post oncreation.

Other Hebrew Words

The following five words take their meaning from thus root:

AL – the strong authority, anyone who carries  staff on the shoulders [yoke – Isaiah 9:4] which harnesses 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

El [Aleph, Lamed]

Mighty One

This is the prefix to many words in the bible and refers to Yahovahs supremacy.

Ayil [Aleph, Yud, Lamed]


The large males of a flock of sheep or herd of deer; anything of strength including a chief, pillar [as the string support of a building], or an oak tree [one of the strongest woods]

Akal [Aleph, Kaph, Lamed]


KL – Tame for the yoke i.e. complete; an animal or land that is tamed has been worked and is complete and ready for use. Taming include; construction of holding pens [stalls], putting the soil to the plow, harvesting of crops milk or meat. On eats once the harvest is complete. The ability to do work. A substance that may be eaten for giving sustenance and making one whole

Alah [Aleph, Lamed, Hei]


LH – A great yoke i.e. weary; A young oxen unaccustomed to the weight and operation of the yoke becomes tired. It is to be weary from a non-productive effort i.e. to be  without results thus troubled by this. Something corroborated by a vow. A binding agreement, including a curse for violating the oath. NB. Eloah [Aleph, Lamed, Vav, Hei] means power i.e. possession of control, authority or influence over others. The power or might of one who rules or teaches. One who yokes with another.

Aleph [Aleph, Lamed, Pei]

To associate with; Learn

LP – Stick. NB. Eleph means a family [from the sense of yoking and taming]; Aluph [Aleph, Lamed, Vav, Pei] means chief – Accorded highest rank or office; of greatest importance, significance, or influence; one who is yoked to another to lead ad teach.


Pala’ [Pei, Lamed, Aleph]

To separate i.e. distinguish; to be great, wonderful; accomplish miracles; marvellous thing. NB. Palah – to set apart, make wonderfully

PL – Speak to authority i.e. intercede; when one comes before one of authority to intercede for another, he bows low out of respect. A great sight deserving respect. The bent shape of the bean as if bowing before an authority. NB. Palal means to plead i.e. for intercession or an outcome. Paliyl is a magistrate, judge. Palat [Pei, Lamed, Tet] means to slip out i.e. escape, causing one to be delivered.


Yahowshua used the parable of the wedding banquet to talk of the Kingdom.

Matthew 22:

2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

4Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

10So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14For many are called, but few are chosen.

Shaphat appears to refer to the process of judgement whereas El refers to the personal attributes of the one who judges and Diyn refers to why judgement is required in the first place i.e. benefits. In order to ensure we are judged fairly we must do what the ‘one who judges’ says we should do not just to avoid being condemned but to reap the benefits of being vindicated.

Yahowshua said he didnt come to judge but to call people to repent. The time of judgement thus is yet to come. This refers to the wedding banquet when Yahovah and his bride [those who do his will] become united. During judgement, Yahovah will vindicate and defend some and will condemn others. Some will enter the Kingdom whilst others will not. The garment perhaps is the acceptance of Yahowshua as Yahovahs son. The good and bad that have been invited to the Kingdom must accept him in their hearts, repent of their sins, and follow his lead else they will be turned away as the adversary is turned away.

Remember in the Gospel of Thomas, Yahowshua talks about being chosen.

49. Jesus said, “Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again.”

75. Jesus said, “There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite.”

Yahowshua wants for us to be set apart as he is set apart. He is the Shepherd and we are a part of his sheepfold. He wants us all to hold his spirit within our hearts and through this, though we are all ‘separated’, just like sheep are separated into their stalls, yet we are still united in spirit and in love. He feeds us with his word, which is himself, and this is what makes us whole. He holds authority and has the power to defeat the stronghold that the adversary feels he has over us as long as we remain yoked to Yahowshua.

Yahovah has told us that the evil will be punished and the good will be exalted. He will not let us down as he is the truth and he does not lie. This will come at judgement. Yahowshua became our intercessor when he died on the cross. He will plead for us to the father, the judge. We must learn from his example and become a part of his family through his teachings and we will be delivered and saved. We will be made complete and we will no longer be weary and more importantly we will be deemed righteous by the almighty judge and will have eternal life in his presence.

Mark 9

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

38“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”39“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40for whoever is not against us is for us.

Matthew 12

30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.


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