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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Hebrew word: תפל

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Abarim Publications' online Biblical Hebrew Dictionary

תפל

There are two separate roots תפל (tapal), which meanings aren't all that far apart:


תפל I

The verb תפל (tapal I) is used only once, in 2 Samuel 22:27, where it means to show oneself unsavory (or tasteless, quite literally; in modern Hebrew this word means unsalted. Also see Matthew 5:13).

Derivatives of this root are:

  • תפל (tapel), an adjective literally meaning tasteless or unseasoned but foolish by implication (Lamentations 2:14 and Job 6:6).
  • The feminine variant תפלה (tipla), occurs in Job 1:22 and 24:12, and Jeremiah 23:13, and again means folly or moral unsavoriness.
תפל II

The unused and untranslatable root תפל (tpl II) yields the derivation תפל (tapel), meaning whitewash (Ezekiel 13:10-15 and 22:28).


Note

Another word of interest is תפלה (tepilla), meaning prayer, from the verb פלל (palal) meaning to intervene or pray.


Associated Biblical names