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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #17 - אֲבוֹי
1) Oh!, Woe!, (exclamation of pain — indicates desire or uneasiness)
1033) ib (בי BY) AC: Need CO: Empty AB: Sorrow: The pictograph b , a picture of the house represents what is inside. The i is the hand. When combined these mean "inside the hand". An empty hand desiring to be filled. This root is closely related to aband eb.
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
אֲבוֹי (from the root אָבָה No. 2) poverty, misery, a word: once found, Pro, 23:29, of the form קְמוֹל, no doubt formed for the purpose of paronomastically answering to the words אוֹי and הוֹי; compare Lehrg. 374, note r, and Isaiah 15:4, 17:1 59:13 so Abulwalid, whom I unhesitatingly follow. Kimchi, who is followed by most of the moderns, takes it as the same as אוֹי and הוֹי an interjection of grief. [“O, woe! Comp. Gr. αἰβοῖ, Arist. Pac. 1066.”-Ges. add.]
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