Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Final Stand Zech 14:14

Zec 14:14
And Judah also shall fight at
Jerusalem; and the wealth of
all the heathen round about
shall be gathered together,
gold, and silver, and apparel,
in great abundance.

Judah, in this context, refers to Christ
and His army. The "wealth" of the heathen
is more closely interpreted as "strength,
resources and power" meaning that the
world will not hold back in their crusade
to eradicate Israel when the day comes
that Israel attacks them, to be taken up
by the Messiah- Jesus Christ, who then
fights for Israel as His own principality.

There is depth of meaning in the use
of words which dually symbolize
other spiritual concepts:

Gold, silver and apparel in great
abundance always refer to more than
the physical items. Gold and silver is
wisdom and knowledge. Apparel is
righteousness and armor.

And Judah
[03063] Y@huwday
also shall fight
[03898] lacham
at Jerusalem;
[03389] Y@ruwshaim
and the wealth
[02428] chayil
of all the heathen
[01471] gowy
round about
[05439] cabiyb
shall be gathered together,
[0622] acaph
[02091] zahab
and silver,
[03701] keceph
and apparel,
[0899] beged
in great
[03966] m@'od
[07230] rob

Hebrew for H2428


Part of Speech

masculine noun

Root Word (Etymology)

from H2342

TWOT Reference

Outline of Biblical Usage

1) strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army

a) strength

b) ability, efficiency

c) wealth

d) force, army

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 243
AVarmy 56, man of valour 37, host 29, forces 14, valiant 13, strength 12, riches 11, wealth 10, power 9, substance 8, might 6, strong 5, misc 33

By comparing the many ways chayil is
sed to convey power, the nuance of
the Hebrew word becomes more
understood. It exceeds the mere
limitations of "wealth, strength,
virtuosity, etc.," Some Hebrew and
their oriental etiologies compass
far greater scope than their translation
allows for.

Hebrew packs a punch
beyond our language, since their
letters are also their numbers,
and the context derives as well
from each letter having spiritual
symbolism which adds layers of
meaning of the words themselves.
While I'm not going to embark
on that mission, it would be
remiss not to study the full
context of the Hebrew words
used in the OT before landing
on a meaning in any one verse.

Gen 34:29 And all their wealth chayil, and
all their little ones, and their wives took they
captive , and spoiled even all that [was] in the

Gen 47:6 The land of Egypt [is] before thee;
in the best of the land make thy father and
brethren to dwell ; in the land of Goshen
let them dwell : and if thou knowest
[any] men of activity chayil among
them, then make them rulers over my cattle .

Exd 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart
, that he shall follow after them; and I will
be honoured upon Pharaoh , and upon all his
host chayil ; that the Egyptians may know
that I [am] the LORD. And they did so.

Num 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession ,
Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies ;
and Israel shall do valiantly chayil

Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD
thy God : for [it is] he that giveth thee power
to get wealth chayil that he may establish
his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers
, as [it is] this day .

Deu 33:11 Bless , LORD , his substance chayil,
and accept the work of his hands : smite
through the loins of them that rise against him,
and of them that hate him, that they rise
not again .

Psa 110:3 Thy people [shall be] willing in the day
of thy power chayil, in the beauties of holiness
from the womb of the morning : thou hast the dew
of thy youth.

Pro 12:4 A virtuous chayil woman [is] a crown
to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed
[is] as rottenness in his bones .

Isa 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually
; they shall not be shut day nor night; that [men] may
bring unto thee the forces chayil of the Gentiles , and
[that] their kings [may be] brought .

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