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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Hebrew word: עוה

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עוה

Some scholars (BDB Theological Dictionary) see two roots עוה ('awa) but others (HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament) count only one. It's probably most important that a Hebrew audience saw the following words as strongly related:

The verb עוה ('awa) means to bend or twist. It occurs seventeen times. David complained that he was bent over (Psalm 38:6), minds get perverted (Proverbs 12:8), paths get twisted (Lamentations 3:9), and the earth's surface is distorted (Isaiah 24:1).

The verb's derivatives are:

  • The masculine noun עון ('awon), meaning iniquity or guilt (Job 19:29, Jeremiah 2:22), or the punishment resulting from guilt (Genesis 4:13, Exodus 28:38). This noun occurs 231 times in the Bible. Note that this noun is spelled the same as the hypothetical root עון ('wn), possibly meaning to help or to conceal.
  • The verb formed after the previous noun עוה ('awa), meaning to commit iniquity of do wrong (Esther 1:16, Daniel 9:5). HAW doesn't reckon this verb as separate from the root-verb, but BDB does.
  • The feminine noun עוה ('awwa), meaning distortion or ruin (Ezekiel 21:27 only).
  • The plural noun עועים ('iw'im), meaning a distorting or warping (Isaiah 19:14 only).
  • The masculine noun עי ('i), meaning ruin or heap of ruins (Job 30:24, Micah 1:6).
  • The masculine noun מעי (me'i), meaning ruin as well (Isaiah 17:1 only).

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