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זבל

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זבל

The root-verb זבל (zabal), means exalt or honor, and occurs only once, in Genesis 30:20, in a word play on the name Zebulun. When Leah gives birth to her sixth son, she says, "Now my husband will be honored to dwell with me, because I borne him six sons".

This verb's sole derivation is the masculine noun זבל (zebul), which typically denotes a dwelling place which is designed to honor the occupant. It's used only five times in Scriptures:

In 1 Kings 8:13 Solomon gives his Temple initiation speech. He addresses God, and speaks of a lofty dwelling for the Lord. The prophet Isaiah portraits God looking down from His holy and glorious dwelling place (Isaiah 63:15). Habakkuk 3:11 may refer to Joshua's longest day (Joshua 10:12) and tells of the heavens as dwelling place for the sun and the moon. The last occurrence is in Psalm 49:14, where the authors exclaim that the form of the dead will be consumed in Sheol, so that they have no habitation.


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