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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Hebrew word: סמך

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סמך

The verb סמך (samak), meaning to lean or lay upon, is mostly used in the phrase, "laying on of hands" (Exodus 29:10, Numbers 8:12), but it's also used in the regular sense of leaning (like a man with his hands against the wall - Amos 5:19), or figuratively, in the sense of God's wrath leaning on someone (Psalm 88:7) or someone's aggression leaning on a nation (Ezekiel 24:2).

But often this verb is used in the sense of support, uphold or sustain - food sustains people (Genesis 27:37); works of God's hands are upheld forever (Psalm 111:8); people are saved (or not) by God (Isaiah 63:5).

A noun derived from this root, סמך (samekh), occurs as the name of the samekh, the fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.


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