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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #02441 - חֵךְ
1) mouth, palate, taste, gums
1172) kh (ההכ HhK) AC: Stick CO: Palate AB: Tarry: The h represents a wall such as the ridge in the middle of the palate. The k represents the palm, a curved surface such as found on the roof of the mouth. The roof of the mouth.
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
חֵךְ with suff. חִכִּי m. the palate with the corresponding lower part of the mouth, the internal part of the mouth, the jaws, like מַלְקֹחַיִם. (Arab. حَنكَُ the palate and the lower part of the mouth answering to it, beak, Syr. ܚܢܶܒܐܳ palate. Root חָנַךְ No. 1.) Whence Job 20:13, בְּתוֹךְ חִכּוֹ “in the midst of his mouth.” Job 33:2.
(a) for the organ of taste, Job 12:11 comp. Job 6:30; Psalms 119:103.
(b) for the organ of speech. Proverbs 8:7, כִּי אֱמֶת יֶהְגֶּה חִכִּי “for my palate shall speak the truth.” Job 31:30, “for I have not suffered my palate to sin;” compare Hosea 8:1 “(Put) the trumpet to thy palate” (mouth). Comp. חַכָּה.- Song of Solomon 7:10, comp. Song of Solomon 5:16, the palate seems to be delicately put for the moisture of the mouth perceived in kisses; comp. Lette ad Amrulk. Moall. p. 180.
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29