Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today is Brought to You by the Letter Pey

The letter pey is one of the five Hebrew letters which have a different form if they come at the end of a word. (See the smaller letter ? It's actually the supposed to be the same size. The curled tail just straightens out.) Pey means mouth.

In the Bible there are several chapters in Psalms, Proverbs and Lamentations that were written as acrostics, that is, each verse (or series of verses) begins with the next consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. There are 22 letters so it’s easy to see the pattern when a chapter has 22 (or 66) verses. Of course the Bible wasn’t written with the verse numbers, but you can see the poetry of verses in the original.

Now here’s the really cool thing: in the original Hebrew these acrostic verses start with the word pey (mouth). See?

Psalm 119: 131 - I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.
Psalm 135: 16, 17 - They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
Psalm 66: 17 - I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.
Proverbs 31:26 - She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Lamentations 3:46 - All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

The Bible is full of so many amazing intricacies. How can anyone dispute its divine inspiration?

(Above taken in part from CROSSING THE SCRIPTURES, copyright 2011.)
(Other posts on Hebrew letters: TET , ZAYIN, KAPH )

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