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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #3528 - כְּבָר
1) already, long ago, a great while
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
כְּבָר pr. subst. length of space, continuance of time (see the root, No. 2). Hence
(1) [Chebar], pr.n. of a river in Mesopotamia, also called חָבוֹר (which see), Greek and Latin Chaboras. Ezekiel 1:3, 3:15, 23 Ezekiel 3:23, 10:15, 22 Ezekiel 10:22. This orthography of this name accords with the Syriac (ܟܒܰܪ, ܟܰܒܽܘܪ), while on the other hand חָבוֹר (خابور) agrees with the Arabic. Although each form affords a suitable etymology (חָבוֹר joining together, and כְּבָר length, a long, great river), yet I should regard the Aramean mode of spelling the name of a river in Mesopotamia, as the genuine and original.
(2) adv. already, long ago, formerly, now (längft). Ecclesiastes 1:10, 3:15 4:2 9:6,. (Syr. ܟܒܰܪ long ago, already).
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28