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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #655 - אֹפֶן
1) circumstance, condition, timely
V) enp (פנה PNH) - Turn: To turn the face or to turn directions. Also to turn something back or away. KJV (135): (vf: Paal, Hiphil, Hophal, Piel) turn, look, prepare, regard, respect, look - Strongs: H6437 (פָּנָה)
Nm) enp (פנה PNH) - Face: The face, also the presence of one through the sense of being in the face of. [Always written in the plural form, minp; Frequently used with the prefix "l ", meaning "to" or "for", meaning "to the face of" or "before"] KJV (2110): face, presence, because, sight, countenance, from, person, upon, of, against, open, for, toward - Strongs: H3942 (לִפְנַי), H6440 (פָּנֶה)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
אֹפֶן time, from the notion of turning and revolving, compare דּוֹר, תְּקוּפָה περίοδος, and many words which denote a year, all of which properly signify a circle, as annus, whence annulus, ένιαυτός. Hence Proverbs 25:11, דָּבָר דָּבֻר עַל־אָפְנָיו “a word spoken in its own times,” i.e. in a suitable time. (As to the form אָפְנָיו for אֲפָנָיו see Lehrg. 575). So amongst the old authorities Symm., Vulg., Abulwalid, who rightly compares the Arabic إِفَّانُ time. We may explain עַל־אָפְנָיו “upon its wheels,” taking it as a proverbial phrase indicating quickness of answering, making אֹפֶן to be the same as אוֹפָן a wheel. So the Syr. ܥܓܠ and ܒܥܓܥ, ܠܥܓܠ on a wheel, i.e. quickly.
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