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Thu, 31-Dec-09 12:24:41
I was glancing at wikipedia on Hezekiah. Under Etymology is says his name means 'mighty god' or 'might of god'....
I notice the JPS keeps the translation [of Isaiah 9:5] as the person being named mighty god, everlasting father [snip]
The etymology in that wikipedia article is inaccurate. The root of the name חִזְקִיָּֽהוּ
Ḥizkiyyahu is חזק, a verb stem that can mean
strengthen, fortify in the PI'ÉL (חַזֵּק),
hold, seize in the HIF'IL (הַחֲזֵק), and
gather one's strength, take courage in the HITPA'ÉL (הִתְחַזֵּק).
חוֹזֶק, חָזְקָה, חֶזְקָה strength, and
חֲזָקָה taking hold, seizing, occupying, presumption [of entitlement]
חָזָק, חָזֵק strong.
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