It is written:
“More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19:10)
There is a sublime beauty to the words of Scripture. Part of that majesty may be seen in the original languages of the Bible.
The Old Testament was written primarily in the Hebrew language. Chuck Missler has written:
“One of the peculiarities of the Hebrew language is that the alphabet is not just phonetic, but also symbolic. The alphabet of most languages are phonetic. Words can be sounded out if the letter sounds are known. Hebrew is phonetic, but it is a special language, because it is also symbolic. Individual letters can have their own meanings. Early in Hebrew writing, the letters were also pictographs. Aleph , for instance, was shaped like the head of an ox and represented strength and leadership. The letter kaf was originally shaped like a hand, and “kaf” means “palm of the hand” or “to coerce.” The Hebrew language is astonishingly vivid, concise and simple. It is also so dense that it makes it difficult to translate fully. While the Greek language is precise, each word holding a specific intended meaning, Hebrew leaves many ideas to be “understood.” It requires the reader to fill in the blanks. It often takes two or three times as much space to translate the Hebrew into English because the words carry so much significance on their own.” (Dr. Chuck Missler, How We Got Our Bible, 416-426 (Kindle Edition); Coeur d’Alene, ID; Koinonia House)
We should heed and obey God’s holy Word.
“Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)