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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #157 - אַהֵב
1) to love
1a1) human love for another, includes family, and sexual
1a2) human appetite for objects such as food, drink, sleep, wisdom
1a3) human love for or to God
1a4) act of being a friend
1a4a) lover (participle)
1a4b) friend (participle)
1a5) God’s love toward man
1a5a) to individual men
1a5b) to people Israel
1a5c) to righteousness
1b1) lovely (participle)
1b2) loveable (participle)
1c2) lovers (figuratively of adulterers)
2) to like
1094) be (הב HB) AC: Give CO: Gift AB: Love: The pictograph e represents one who is looking at a great sight with his hands raised as when saying behold. The b is a representation of the tent or house. Combined these pictures mean "look toward the house" or "provide for the family". One does not choose the household which one is born into, including tribe, parents, children and wife (as marriages were often arranged by the father) , it is a gift from God. These gifts are seen as a privilege and are to be cherished and protected. (eng: have - as given)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26