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Vophsi meaning

ופסי

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🔼The name Vophsi in the Bible

The curious name Vophsi occurs once in the Bible. Vophsi is the father of Nahbi of Naphtali, who joins the contingent of spies sent out by Moses to investigate the promised land (Numbers 13:14).

🔼Etymology and meaning of the name Vophsi

The name Vophsi is problematic because it opens with the letter waw and that is highly unusual in Hebrew. In fact, there are only four Hebrew words that start with a waw. BDB Theological Dictionary deems the "text dubious," but leaves the reader to guess at reasons for why we have it then as such.

The letters waw and yod may interchange under certain conditions and Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names lunges for the possibility. Jones also goes with his pet-process of permutation; the transposition of the two middle letters of a word. Thus Jones derives this name from the verb יסף (yasap), meaning to add or increase:

The final letter י (yod) of the name Vophsi, Jones ascribes to a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), the short form of יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh. All together, Jones translates the name with Addition (Of The Lord).

If Jones is right and this name is the result of that much tinkering, then it surely also lost its original meaning.

More attractive is the unused root פסס I, which yields the derivative פסה (pissa), meaning abundance or plenty:

The final yod may have replaced the final he of this noun, or else it could be regarded as a possessive. And the waw with which the name opens, well, that could be interpreted as "and" or "with". All together the name Vophsi may have sounded like With (My) Abundance to a Hebrew audience.

NOBSE Study Bible Name List seems to think along the same line and reads Rich.