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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #519 - אָמָה
1013) ma (אמ AM) AC: Bind CO: Glue AB: ?: The pictograph a represents strength. The m is water or any other liquid. Combined these pictographs mean "strong liquid". Glue was made by placing the hides and other animal parts of slaughtered animals in a pot of boiling water. As the hide boiled, a thick sticky substance formed at the surface of the water. This substance was removed and used as a binding agent. (eng: arm - with the addition of the r sound)
A) ma (אמ AM) AC: ? CO: Arm AB: ?: The arm that holds things together. The arm is seen as glue that encircles and holds together. A cubit was the length of the arm from elbow to fingertip. The mother of the family is the one who binds the family together by holding in her arms and by the work of her arms.
Nf1) ema (אמה AMH) - I. Cubit:A linear standard of measure equal to the length of the forearm. [Hebrew and Aramaic] II. Bondwoman:One who is bound to another. KJV (304): cubit, measure, post, handmaid, maidservant, maid, bondwoman, bondmaids - Strongs: H519 (אָמָה), H520 (אַמָּה), H521 (אַמָּה)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
אָמָה pl. אֲמָהוֹת (by insertion of the letter ה, comp. Ch. אֲבָהָן and Lehrg. p. 530), f. a handmaid, female slave; אֲמָֽתְךָ thy handmaid (for I), used even by a free woman when speaking to her superiors, Judges 19:9; 1 Samuel 1:11, 16 1 Samuel 1:16, 25:24, seq.; 2 Samuel 14:15 (comp. אָדֹון). בֶּן־אָמָה “son of a handmaid,” i.e. a slave, Exodus 23:12; Psalms 116:16. (Hence is derived the Arab. verb أَمَا to be a handmaid. Utterly unworthy of attention is the idea that אָמָה handmaid, is derived from the root אָמַהּ, أَمَهَ inito pacto indixit.)
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