Kaph Alphabetic Verses
She stretcheth out her hand [kaph] to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth
her hands to the needy.
AV Proverbs 31:19 (Kaph)
The Palm of the Hand
God used the name of the eleventh letter, כף (kaph), in
the Kaph alphabetic verse at the end of Proverbs, quoted above. It denotes
the Palm, or Hollow, of the Hand, in contrast with Yod which signifies the
Active Hand (cf. Yod versus Kaph). Kaph also denotes a spoon, which
is not unlike the palm of a hand, and is often translated as hollow, as in the phrase "the
hollow of his thight" from Genesis 32:32.
As, Like, According to
- AV Psalm 119:83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
- AV Ps 119:88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
When Kaph is prefixed to a word, it signifies such ideas as as, like,
according to, after the manner of, etc.
It conveys the idea of comparison. It is, therefore, a great wonder to behold the Book of
Micah, whose name - Mi (Who) Ka (Like) Ya (YHVH) -
means Who is like the Lord on Spoke 11. This meaning is also seen in the very common
Greek word κατα (kata, as/according to).
God also used this meaning in the fourth Kaph verse of Psalm 119:
- AV Psalm 119:84How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?>
The phrase "how many" is כמה (k'mah) is from the root מה (mah, S# H4100), meaning "what?, how?" prefixed
with Kaph to signify the idea "like what?" or better, "how many?".
- AV Psalm 111:6a He hath shewed his people the power of his works ...
The KeyWord is (ko'ach). This verse forms an Alphabetic KeyLink to Micah (Spoke 11, Cycle 2) as discussed in
The Power of His Spirit.
- AV Lamentations 3:31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
- AV Lamentations 3:33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
In each case, the word translated as "For" is the Kaph KeyWord כי
(Ki) which is a direct extension of the meaning of Kaph as "As, Like, According To" discussed above.
Its numeric value (30) coincides with that of the letter Lamed which has a closely related
semantic value (cf. Lamed Alphabetic Verses). God repeatedly used this word
on Spoke 11 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah (cf. Isaiah
55: The Inspired Word).
- AV Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for
meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.
- AV Psalm 119:86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
- AV Psalm 145:10All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
The word translated as All is the Kaph KeyWord כל (Kol) which is symmetrically integrated with the
Aleph and Tav on the alphabetic circle (see The Crown of Righteousness).
Consummation, End, Completion
- AV Lamentations 2:11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is
poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and
the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
- AV Lamentations 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion,
and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
- AV Psalm 119:81 CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
The meaning of Kol as "All" naturally extends to the word כלה
(Kallah, S# H3615), meaning consummation, end, or completion. It also is a pun on the
Ki, Kaph prefix, Kalah
- AV Psalm 37:20 But [Ki] the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be
as [Kaph prefix] the fat of lambs : they shall consume [kalah];
into smoke shall they consume away [kalah].
This verse shows how God often uses many KeyWords in one Alphabetic Verse.