Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #7779 - שׁוּף
1477) ps (סהפ ShP) AC: Strike CO: Serpent AB: ?: The pictograph s is a picture of the teeth, the p is a picture of the mouth. Combined these mean "sharp teeth in the mouth". A serpent (סנאכ snake) has sharp fangs in the mouth. Its prey is taken into the mouth swallowed by drawing down into the belly. (eng: sharp - with the additional r; serpent - with the exchange of the s and sh and the additional r and nt; jasper)
V) pas (סהאפ ShAP) - I. Swallow: II. Draw:To draw water from a well. [df: bas] KJV (33): (vf: Paal, Participle) swallow, snuff, pant, desire, devour, draw, drawer - Strongs: H7579 (שָׁאַב), H7602 (שָׁאַף)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
(1) pr. (as was first seen by Umbreit on Job 9:17), i.q. שָׁאַף to gape upon [see note], hence to lie in wait for any thing, Genesis 3:15, הוּא יְשׁוּפְךָ רֹאשׁ וְאַתָּה תְּשׁוּפֶנּוּ עָקֵב “he (the seed of the woman, man) shall lie in wait for thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for his heel,” he shall endeavour to crush thy head, and thou shalt endeavour to crush his heel. Hence
(2) to attack, to fall upon any one, Job 9:17, “who falls upon me in a tempest.” Metaph. Psalms 139:11, השֶׁךְ יְשׁוּפֵנִי “darkness shall fall upon me,” shall overwhelm me.
[Note. The above explanation of Genesis 3:15, is purely neologian; the passage applies not to man generally, but to Christ the seed of the woman; bruise is the simple meaning in each part of the verse.]
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