Hebrew Word of the Day: Abel and Cain

Chevel [Abel] was the second son of Adam [man]. He was favoured by Yahovah as it was him aim to please him and he did so, unlike his brother Qayin [Cain]

Hebrew Words

The following root underlies the meaning of the following four words:

BL – A flowing of substance; to come to nothing when effort is given


To take as a pledge i.e. receive an object in exchange for a promise.

ChB – Wall of the house i.e. refuge. The walls of the house enclose the home as refuge for the family. A refuge function as a place of hiding from any undesirable person or situation. Wall of the house. The meaning is a bosom and action is hiding hence what is cherished is held clos to the bosom, and also one finds comfort and refuge in the bosom.

ChL – A hole is drilled with a tool called a bow drill. The string of the bow is wrapped around the drill. By moving the bow back and forth, and firmly passing down, the drill spins around drilling the hole. The drilling takes patience as the process takes time. Rust – bores trough metal. Sick – a spinning of the insides. Joy – spinning around. Army – bores through the enemy by strongly pressing in. Is to wind tightly as a rope i.e. to bind as a pledge. NB. Chebel is a region i.e. an area surrounded by a specific border. It can be seen as a rope used as a measuring line implying a district or inheritance. Chabol refers to a pawn i.e. a security for debt i.e. pledge

Hebel [Hei, Beit, Lamed]

To act emptily, become vain

HB – Behold the house i.e. gift; one does not choose the household which one is born into, including the tribe, parents, children and wife [as marriages were often arranged by the father], it is a gift from God. These gifts are seen as a  privilege and are to be cherished and protected. The expressions and actions toward the family that one was privileged with.

HL – Looking toward i.e star; A looking toward something, such as a light or great sight in the distance. The stars have always been used to guide the traveller or shepherd to find his home or destination. When the shepherd has been out in the wilderness with his flock all day and is returning home in the dark, he can see his tent from a great distance because of te glow of the fires, he knows that here is comfort safety and love of the family as well as food and water. To cause a shining of one by praising or giving thanks to another or to ones self.

A flowing out or away of contents; void of usefulness; be in vain. NB. BWL means flood i.e. a large flowing of water. As the river overflows its banks, the surrounding lands are flooded depositing the water for growing crops, thus BWL also means food and YBWL means produce.


to mourn, lament

AB – Strength of the house i.e. pole; provides strength, support andstructure. Is pointed at one end so that it can be thrust into the ground and can double as a weapon against an enemy. The father of the family also provides strength, support and structure to the household. He fulfilled many functions, as was the commander of the family army, provider of offspring to continue the family line, the priest and teacher. A desire is what one stands in support of.

A flowing of tears; a moist ground. NB. Abel means stream, meadow. Yabal means stream as a flowing body of water, but also means a flowing of wealth or sound i.e. from music e.g. Yowbel is a trumpet.

Tebel [Tav, Beit, Lamed]

Earth; Confusion

TB – Sign inside i.e. longing desire to follow after something. The whole land or region on Earth. A land flowing with substance [moist and thus inhabited]; Confusion results in an action lacking any results. NB. Tabliyth means a ruin i.e. a complete flowing away of something by destruction. Tebah is a vessel which floats and holds items as Noah, Moses. Not that there was confusion and chaos in the land surrounding both of these situations but both were delivered and all would be restored.

Bala’  [Beit, Lamed, Aleph]


A flowing away of life. NB. Balah is a flowing away of life, function or strength, failure i.e. to wear out, become wax, spend.

The following root underlies the meaning of the following words:

QN – Gathering for the seeds i.e. nest; the gathering of materials by parent for building a nest for the seeds [eggs]. The parent bird will guard over and protect the nest and eggs fro predators. Man can guard over the family, wife, and possessions in a positive way [protect from an enemy] or in a negative way [by not trusting or a desire to have anothers possessions]. The process of gathering branches for the nest; mans gathering or acquiring materials by taking or buying. The ancients measured wealth by the amount of ons possessions and measured distances using a branch with marks on it. The striking of a musical note as a bird sings in the nest. The bringing forth of chicks into the nest. The singing of the bird in the nest.



Qayin is the word for a spear, and the feminine ‘qiynah’ means lamentation [also a town on the extreme southern boundary of Judah next to Edom]. Qayin was the first son of man.


To erect as in to nestle i.e. build, make or occupy as a nest

NB. Qen means a nest. Qinyan means creation referring to creatures; also refers to purchase, wealth, riches as the ‘building’ of goods for ones possessions.


To create and by extension is the acquisition of possessions

Refers to what is purchased, attained, reedemed; also means the provocation to jealousy. Qana’ [Qoph, Nun, Aleph] and qin’ah are to be zealous or in a bad sense jealous or envious. Qaneh is a reed [as being erect] and by resemblance a rod, spear, branch.


Cain is a crop farmer [agriculture] and his younger brother Abel is a shepherd [livestock]. Cain commited the first murder by killing his brother, after God rejected his offerings of produce but accepted the animal sacrifices brought by Abel.

Genesis 4:

6. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why are you downcast? 7. If you do right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it.”


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