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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2244 - חָבָא
1) to withdraw, hide
1a) (Niphal) to hide oneself
1b) (Pual) to be forced into hiding
1c) (Hiphil) to hide
1d) (Hophal) to be hidden
1e1) to hide oneself, draw back
1e2) to draw together, thicken, harden
1163) bh (ההב HhB) AC: Hide CO: Bosom AB: Refuge: The pictograph h is a picture of a wall. The b is a picture of a tent or house. Combined these mean "wall of the house". The walls of the house enclose the home as refuge for the family. A refuge functions as a place of hiding from any undesirable person or situation.
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
חָבָא unused in Kal, i.q. חָבָה to hide, compare the kindred roots חָפָא, חָפַף. Arab. خبأ, Eth. ኅበአ፡ to hide; also خبا for خبو to put out fire, properly to hide; Conj. X. to hide oneself.
Niphal, to hide oneself, to lie hid. Genesis 3:10; Judges 9:5; Job 29:8, “when the youths saw me they hid themselves,” i.e. they gave place to me out of respect and modesty; verse 10 Job 29:10, “the voice of the princes hid itself,” that is, they were silent, held their peace. Followed by בְּ Joshua 10:16; 2 Samuel 17:9, and אֶל 1 Samuel 10:22. With an inf. following, it must be rendered by an adverb (like λανθάνειν with part.) Genesis 31:27, לָמָּה נַחְבֵּאתָ לִבְרֹחַ “why hast thou fled away secretly?”
Pual, id. pr. to be forced to hide oneself, Job 24:4.
Hiphil, to hide, Joshua 6:17, 25 Joshua 6:25; 1 Kings 18:13; 2 Kings 6:29.
Hophal, pass. Isaiah 42:22.
Hithpael, i.q. Niphal, 1 Samuel 13:6, 14:11, etc.
Derivatives, מַחֲבֵא, מַחֲבוֹא.
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