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Beer-lahai-roi meaning

באר לחי ראי
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🔼The name Beer-lahai-roi in the Bible

Beer-lahai-roi is the name of the well where Hagar met the Angel of YHWH for the first time (Genesis 16:14). The Angel sends her back to Sarai. Later, when she is banned, she meets the Angel at Beersheba (21:14).

🔼Etymology of the name Beer-lahai-roi

The name Beer-lahai-roi is a composite consisting of four segments:

(1) The Beer-part comes from the Hebrew root-verb באר (ba'ar), meaning to declare:

(2) The very common particle ל (le), in this case denoting relation or even possession: "of":

(3) The adjective חי (hay) meaning living, from the root-verb חיה (haya), meaning to live:

(4) The Hebrew verb ראה (ra'a) meaning to see or understand:

🔼Beer-lahai-roi meaning

Genesis 16:13 explains the name as a result of Hagar crying out, "Even here have I looked after the One seeing me!" The whole compound carries a myriad of meanings: The Declaration That Makes Life Visible; The Explanation That Shows The Image Of Life; The Well Of Life Vision, or ...Of The Life That Sees; or ...Sees Me.

For a meaning of the name Beer-lahai-roi, NOBSE Study Bible Name List, BDB Theological Dictionary & HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament all read The Well Of The Living One Who Sees Me. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads The Well Of The Life Of Vision.

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