Hebrew Word of the Day: Cover

To cover is to:

  1. to take an action to protect against future problems
  2. hide from view or knowledge
  3. protect or defend
  4. maintain a check on; especially by patrolling
  5. protect by insurance
  6. invest with a large or excessive amount of something;

To uncover is defined as to:

  1. Make visible; expose; discover
  2. Reveal the identity of
  3. not protected by insurance

Hebrew Roots

Hebrew Words

The following two words have the following root:

ChP – Wall opened; the tent is opened to allow one into its covering for protection. Anyone entering a tent will be protected at all costs by the owner. A secret is something hat is covered and hidden. A haven as a place covered over for protection

Chaph [Chet, Pei]

innocent, pure, clean

One whose actions are covered. Chapha [Added aleph] means to cover, do secretly. NB. Chuwph  [Vav] means a canopy, shore i.e something that is covered and hidden for protection.

Rachaph [Resh, Chet, Pei]


As covering, hovering. RCh – Man outside i.e. path; Livestock are healthier and more productive when on a routine, therefore the man follows a routine or a ‘prescribed path’ each day when caring for them. A traveller follows a prescribed path to arrive at a specific destination. The Hebrew nomads were very familiar with the wind patterns, as they would follow a prescribed path indicating the coming season. From this word comes the idea of breath, as it is the wind of men which follows a prescribed path of inhaling and exhaling, and the moon each night from horizon to horizon. RPh – A man open i.e. a wound; Plant material such as seeds, leaves, stalks, flowers, roots etc, were pulverised into a medicinal paste for applying to wounds or into a powder for internal ingestion. Also a bird which flies over and broods as she covers her nest i.e. for protection of the contents. The spirit [wind] of Yahovah hovers over us and covers us for protection.

Kanaph KNP


A mother bird hides her young in her wings; to be put or thrust in or into a corner, be hidden from view, be cornered, be thrust aside. NP – Continual edge .e. region; the border encircling an area

kaphar KPR


PR – Open the head i.e. tread; the heads of grains are scattered on the threshing floor, a smooth hard and level surface.  An ox is lead around the floor crushing the heads, opening them to reveal the fruit inside. The wine press is a vat where the grapes are placed and tread on the open grapes to reveal the juices inside. At the conclusion of the treading, an abundance of fruit is acquired. Atone [cover transgressions], purge, reconcile, cleanse, forgive. NB KPYR means a village. The inhabitants are outside the city walls yet are covered by protection from the city. Kopher means asphalt, pitch (as a covering), its the price of a life, ransom, bribe. NB. kapporeth means mercy-seat, place of atonement, the High Priest sprinkled the seat 7 times on the Day of Atonement symbolically reconciling Yehovah and His chosen people.

Kiys KYS

Bag, purse for weights, money

KS – The seat is like a cup that holds, conceals, a person. Idea of filling and concealing/covering something. A bag conceals its contents. What covers something else. MN. kasah means to cover, conceal, hide (for protection, clothing)

Sakak SKK


Weave bushes together to shut in, block, overshadow, screen, stop the approach of enemies. NB. sukkah means booth, to surround with a wall of protection or covering; A dwelling place, or the branch used to make the booth. Sukkowth [SKWTh] is the 1st stopping place of the Israelites when they left Egypt


Lift-to go up, ascend, climb; Leaf

The lifting of yoke onto the shoulder. One taken into exile is placed in the oke for transport and the yoke of bondage. It was also common practice to strip the cloths off of those taken into exile [hence uncovering/exposing them]. Leaves are ‘lifted’ from the ground – also what were used to cover Adam and Chavvahs uncovered bodies [of ‘shame’- buwsh]. Noah knew that the waters were abated from the olive leaf carried by the dove [implied that the ground had rid itself of  ‘shame’ – yabesh and now was sprouting vegetation]. Olah is a whole burnt offering, ‘comes up’ before God.

Arar AyRH

Uncover; Empty; Meadow

To remove the covering; to remove the contents of a container or destroy  city; A place barren of trees; to strip, make bare

Anah AyNH


AyN – Continue the eye i.e. watch; the nomadic agriculturalist carefully watches over his livestock and crops by keeping a close eye on them as they are something of importance. The furrow formed between the eyes when intently looking or from depression. A cloud as a covering that provides shade. It was common to construct a shelter consisting of a roof on four posts, as a shelter from the glare of the sun. The eye reveals the heart of a person; a spring or fountain is the eye of the ground.

`Ophe’ AyPA


The covering of a tree. AyP – A wing of a bird that gives flight [lifts] as well as covering itself and its chicks.


Yahovah is like a bird whose wings cover us hiding and protecting us from the adversary. He will lift us out of whatever afflictions we get into.

He  uncovers himself to reveal his nature to those that he chooses. He may put us through trials but ultimately he will ensure we are successful.

His spirit is all around us directing our lives whilst he protects us like a mother bird and he will lead us to him to have eternal life.

Please read the post on refuge.


One Response to Hebrew Word of the Day: Cover

  1. Pingback: Hebrew Word of the Day: Refuge « Unearthing the Hebrew 'Dvar-Elohim'!

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