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Words of the Parashah - Midbar

Hebrew Word of the Week

Based on the Weekly Torah Portion


The Hebrew word of the week is midbar ("wilderness"), taken from the weekly Torah portion BaMidbar. This word appears (with a prepositional prefix) in the first verse of the portion, which is also the Hebrew name for the book of Numbers in the Torah:

Numbers 1:1a

The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting... (Num 1:1a)

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Midbar is a noun (Strong# 4057; TWOT #399) that means "wilderness or uninhabited land." Midbar may be derived from the verb dibeir, though according to linguists the exact etymology is uncertain:

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Scripture Passages:

Isaiah 40:3

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isa 40:3).

Neh 9:19

Yet You in your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness. (Neh 9:19)

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