Hebrew Word of the Day: The Root ShAy

Hebrew Root Word

ShAy  – Destroyer watches i.e. a shepherd who cares for and delights in his sheep. When the sheep are in the pasture, the shepherd carefully watched over the surrounding area always on the lookout for danger. When a predator comes to attack, the shepherd destroys the enemy. When the sheep are in trouble, they will cry out to the shepherd who will deliver them. The sheep graze in safety in the wide-open pasture. A wide-open and free place or state.


This root appears to be about the mission of Yahuwshua. He heard the cries of mankind, they wanted someone to save them but alas there was no one there. The enemy was in power and there was nothing they could do. Yahuwshua came and dethroned him and took back what was rightfully Yahovahs. He came to not only to save but to lead us to a resting place of peace which we will be in for eternity.

Hebrew Words

The following Hebrew words contain this two letter root, and perhaps they can shed more light on Yahuwshuas mission.

Shaqa’ [Shin, Qoph, Ayin]

To subside i.e. to be overflowed; cease, cause to abate, quench

ShQ – Repeat a cycle i.e. a river which during the rain season, repeated each year, the riverbeds become full of water. The surrounding land is soaked with water allowing for the planting of crops. The leg of a river, or a man or street.

Saba’ [Shin, Beit Ayin]

To satiate i.e. ill to satisfaction; Have enough; Copiousness; Abundance

ShB – Press to the tent i.e. to return; the return to the tent for rest. A sitting, a return or turning back to another land or place. A captive that is taken back to the land of the captors. BAy – Swell; a gushing over or swelling up as an eruption or a fountain. An overwhelming desire.

Shaba’ [Shin, Beit, Ayin]

to be complete; to seven oneself i.e. to take an oath, to swear

NB. Shabuwa [Shin, Beit, Vav, Ayin] means ‘sevened’ i.e. a week. Shbuw’ah [additional Hei] means something sworn i.e. an oath, curse.

Shaga [Shin, Gimel, Ayin]

To rave through; be/play the madman

ShG – Double burden i.e. a mistake; when a work is found to be in error the work must be redone. A groan one makes when making a mistake. NB. Shigga’own [Shin, Gimel, Ayin, Vav, Nun] means craziness; madness

Shava’ [Shin, Vav, Ayin]

To cause to be free; to halloo

It is to call for help and freedom from some trouble, crying aloud. NB. Showa’ means freedom; a noble i.e. one who is liberal, opulent; wealth. Notice this word is the ending of Yahuwshuwa. Tshuw’ah means rescue, deliverance, help, safety, salvation, victory.

Sara’ [Shin, Resh, Ayin]

To prolong i.e. to stretch out self; deformed by excess of members, have a superfluos thing e.g. unnecessary through being more than enough

Sa’ar [Shin, Ayin, Resh]

To shiver i.e. fear

It is to be horribly afraid, like in a whirlwind, a storm. NB.

Sha’ar [Shin, Ayin, Resh]

To split or open i.e. to act as a gatekeeper; an opening; a measure; reason

The opening in a wall or fence through which livestock or people pass. Also a gatekeeper. The entrance into the city as well as the activities carried out their such as marketing an judging. NB. Show’er is a janitor; doorkeeper; porter. Don’t think of ‘janitor’ as being a ‘lowly’ job, rather think of the person as being the one of the few people that has access to nearly all of the rooms in a building. There comes an element of trust as well as knowing that a good job will be completed. It is also measure [estimate] of a section e.g. a hundredfold.

Shama’ [Shin, Mem, Ayin]

To hear intelligently [i.e. paying attention, being obedient]; to gather together, proclaim, perceive

ShM – Breath; the breath is the life or character of the person [translated as spirit]. Hebrew names are words usually describing their character, reflecting their breath. The wind is the breath of the sky [heavens]. A wind [spirit of God?] blowing over the land pulls the moisture out of the ground drying it up, making a place of ruin or desert. One who is guilty is in a desolate state. NB. Shmuw’ah [Shin, Mem, Vav, Ayin, Hei] means something heard i.e. an announcement, rumour, news, report, doctrine; fame; Shem means ones character, essence, reputation, name. Note ruach is spirit meaning on a prescribed path. We are either on this path and get the ‘report’, or we do not perceive it.

Shesa’ [Shin, Samekh, Ayin]

To split, tear; A fissure [deep furrow], cleft, to be clovenfooted [a symbol of disgrace or infamy]

ShS – Press and grab hold i.e. plunder; the pressing into anothers place and grabbing hold of his possessions. Thus an enemy perhaps is causing  fissure to form in someone else’s possessions e.g. the flock.

Sha’an [Shin, Ayin, Nun]

To support ones self, lean, lie, rely, rest on

ShN – Teeth of life i.e. teeth; the two front teeth are sharp and used for cutting foods by pressing down. Two as a repeating of the first or what was before.

Sha’ah [Shin, Ayin, Hei]

To gaze at/about for help; to consider, inspect; to be bewildered,dismayed

ShH – Storm; the roar and devastation of a storm.

Sha’a’ [Shin, Ayin, Ayin]

To look upon in a good way; to look about in a bad way

NB. Sha’shua’ [Shin, Ayin, Shin, Ayin] means enjoyment, delight, pleasure. Yasha means to be liberated, saved, delivered.

What Does This Tell Us?

The adversary had formed a ‘fissure’ in Yahovahs creation. He ‘grabbed hold’ of the Earth and being of disgrace, he aimed to remove all that was good and essentially destroy, plunder the Earth and mankind. He walked all over mankind and they had no one to help them during the storm, no one to free them from their bondage.

Yahuwhua didnt come to repair the ‘fissure’, rather he came to make good what the enemy had meant for evil. He didnt come for the righteous, rather he came to help those stuck in this ‘fissure’ who were slaves to sin so they could find refuge from the destroyer. Read this post]

Yahuwshua was known where ever he went because in their eyes he was so radical. Only those who could perceive his goodness and hear what he was saying followed him, some were completely bewildered, others disparaged him.

Yahuwshua didnt come in extravagance. He looked like an ordinary man, yet he was rich beyond belief, possessing a thing that was more precious and valuable than anything in the world. He held the keys to the Kingdom. He is the door and gatekeeper by which mankind will enter the Kingdom there is no other way.

Only those who hear him will experience freedom in this fallen Earth. They will no longer cry for help as they will be full of the holy spirit. They fully rely on Yahuwshua for nourishment just as they rely on their teeth to nourish them. He is a rock on which man can support themselves on when they are going through bad times. When they ‘gird up their loins’ with the armour of Yahuwshua, then enemy can be defeated.

People may think we are crazy as they do not have the ability to perceive what we perceive, but we must stay true to who we really are. We are Yahovahs children and he cares for us and delights in us just like a shepherd would his sheep. He has watched over us since the beginning of time, and even sent his son to save us from the enemy’s grasp so we could be free to return to him and be complete within our spirits.

We must ensure that we continue to look upon him and do not start looking about elsewhere as the adversary if ready to plunder what you now have.


One Response to Hebrew Word of the Day: The Root ShAy

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