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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Hebrew word: אנא

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Abarim Publications' online Biblical Hebrew Dictionary

אנא

The particle אנא ('anna') is a kind of fortified exclamation of grief, roughly translatable with "ah, now!" or "we beseech thee!" (Genesis 50:17, Exodus 32:31, Psalm 118:25).

On a few occasions this particle is spelled אנה, which makes it look like a nod towards the verb אנה ('ana I), meaning to mourn.

Our particle is a combination of the common exclamation of grief, אח ('ah), and the common particle of entreaty נא (na), which makes it related to the more familiar expression Hosanna.


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