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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1001 - בִּירָה
1) castle, citadel, palace
1043) rb (בר BR) AC: Feed CO: Grain AB: ?: The pictograph b is a picture of a tent but also represents the family which resides inside the tent. The r is a picture of a head. Combined these have the meaning of "family of heads". The plant families of grains such as wheat and barley have a cluster of seeds at the top of the stalk called "heads". These grains were used for food for both man and livestock. (eng: barley - a grain; beer - made from grain; boar - as fat; barn - grain storage; pure - as clean with soap with an exchange for the p and b)
A) rb (בר BR) AC: ? CO: Grain AB: ?: Grains grown in fields were used for meal to make flour as well as feed for livestock. The stalks of the grains were burned to make potash for making soap. What is cleaned with soap becomes white or bright.
Nm) rb (בר BR) - I. Grain:Grain, and field, as a place for growing grain. II. Soap:Made from the ashes of the grain stalks. III. Clean:Cleanliness from soap. Also pure as a moral cleanliness. KJV (33): corn, wheat, son, about, clean, pur, choice, clear, purely, son - Strongs: H1248 (בַּר), H1249 (בַּר), H1250 (בָּר), H1251 (בַּר)
V) rrb (ברר BRR) - I. Clean:The cleaning or polishing of something to make it bright or pure. II. Choice:Something that is clean or pure. KJV (18): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Hitpael, Piel) pure, choice, chosen, clean, clearly, manifest, bright, purge out, polished, purge, purified - Strongs: H1305 (בָּרַר)
bm) riba (אביר ABYR) - Strong: The mighty power of a bird in flight. Anything or anyone of great strength, physical or mental. KJV (23): might, bulls, strong, mighty, stouthearted, valiant, angels, chiefest - Strongs: H46 (אָבִיר), H47 (אַבִּיר)
V) arb (ברא BRA) - Fill: The fattening or filling up of something. The filling of the earth in ge1with sun, moon, plants, animals, etc. And the filling of man with life and the image of God. KJV (54): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Piel) create, creator, choose, make, cut down, dispatch, done, fat - Strongs: H1254 (בָּרָא)
Nf4) tirb (ברית BRYT) - Covenant: A covenant is instituted through a sacrifice of a choice, fatted, animal which is cut into two and the parties of the covenant pass through the pieces. If one party fails to meet the agreements of the covenant then the other may do the same to them. (see Genesis 15:10,17and Jeremiah 34:18-20) KJV (284): covenant, league, confederacy, confederate - Strongs: H1285 (בְּרִית)
Jeff Brenner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
בִּירָה f., a word of the later Hebrew.
(1) fortress, castle, palace (see below the Ch. and Syr. If the word be Phœnicio-Shemitic, it may have come from אֲבִירָה strong, fortified, or as others prefer, נְבִירָה, from the Ethiop. root ነበረ፡ to sit; whence መንበር፡ a throne, a tribunal, and مِنْبَرُ throne, tribunal, metropolis, as if royal seat. Perhaps however, the word is of Persic origin, compare Pers. بارو baru, fortress, wall, castle, Sanscr. bura, buri, pur, Greek πύργος and βάρις). There often occurs שׁוּשַׁן הַבִּירָה Shushan, the palace, almost always used of the royal abode, Nehemiah 1:1; Esther 1:2, 2:3, 3:15 Daniel 8:2 but also of the whole adjoining city, Esther 1:5, 2:5 8:14 9:6, 11, 12 (compare Ezra 6:2); which is elsewhere more accurately called הָעִיר שׁוּשַׁן (Esther 3:15, 8:15 ). When applied to Jerusalem, the fortress of the temple is meant, Nehemiah 2:8.
(2) a temple, 1 Chronicles 29:1, 19 1 Chronicles 29:19.
בִּירָה Ch. f. emphat. בִּירְתָּא id., fortress, palace, Ezra 6:2 Syr. ܒܺܝܪܬܐܳ.
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