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Spoke 12 - Lamed

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Lamed Alphabetic Verses

Lamed Prefix

  • AV Psalm 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
  • AV Psalm 119:90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
  • AV Psalm 119:91They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

The name of the twelfth letter למד (Lamed) signifies both learning and teaching. Many are familiar with this root through the associated noun, Talmud - the compendium of Rabbinical learning. Lamed's meaning is profoundly integrated with the grammar of the Hebrew lanuage. When prefixed to a word, it signifies the preposition "to", "for", or "according to" as in the verses above. It is used this way in 15 of the 21 Lamed Alphabetic Verses. The integration of the meaneing of the letters with their grammatical functions allows us to analyse words in terms of their constituent letters. For example, the word For Me is analysed as:

לי (Li, For Me) = Lamed (For/To) & Yod (Me, Mine)

Hebrew is supernaturally self-consistent. A holographic House where the large-scale structures reflect the meaning of their constituents.

Ox-goad and Teacher

The letter Lamed signifies both Learning and Teaching. Most sources assert that its literal meaning was originally an "ox goad" but in my research all I have found is the cognate מלמwד (Malmud, Ox goad). Klein This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window asserts that the original meaning of Lamed probably was "to prick, sting, incite, goad." The word Malmud appears once in Scripture, in this enigmatic verse:

And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.

Judges 3:31

The student of the Malmud (Ox-goad/Teacher) is called the Limud (Learner). Limud is translated as disciple in Isaiah 8:16 (cf. Twelve and Scripture).

A set of three Lamed KeyWords - Lechu, Li, and Lamad - are found in Psalm 34. Here is an interlinear trsanslation:

This verse is discussed at some length in the Psalm 34 article I Will Teach.

Lo: No/Not

Another KeyWord God used twice in the Alphabtic verses is לא (Lo, No/Not):

  • AV Lamentations 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
  • AV Proverbs 31:22 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Lo is an extremely significant little word. It appears frequently in the Ten Commandments, translated as "shalt not". Its combination with Aleph reveals the primary prohibitive force of the "teaching letter" Lamed. This is discussed at length in the [Inner Cycles] > Psalm 100 article To Aleph!.

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