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Spoke 17 - Pey

Esther, Malachi, 2 Peter

Pey Alphabetic Verses

  • AV Proverbs 31:26 She openeth (patach) her mouth (pey) with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
  • AV Psalm 37:30 The mouth (pey) of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
  • AV Ps 119:131 I opened my mouth (pey), and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

The name of the letter Pey - פה - signifies the mouth. God used it in the three alphabetic verses above. When pronounced Po it means blow or puff. It has two sounds - the hard Pey and soft Pheh. The soft Pheh is like the English "F." The hard Pey sounds like the English "P" and is indicated by placing a dot (a dagesh This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window in the center - pic . It is called a plosive This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window because the sound is formed by the bursting sound formed by a sudden opening the lips after building up pressure behind them. This is the elementary power of the letter. It sets the tone for Spoke 17. Numerous Pey KeyWords carry the ideas of opening, parting, and splitting. Many of these words are now seen in English, as will be discussed as they are encountered.

The phrase פי צדיק (Pei Tsaddiq, The Mouth of the Righteous) from Psalm 37.30 mimics the alphabetic sequence Pey - Tsaddi. The overall structure of Scripture follows this pattern:

This is like the alphabetic sequence Gimel - Dalet that teaches us about Giving to the Poor. Thus we see how the sequence of the Hebrew alphabet teaches the Wisdom of God which is revealed in both the content and the structure of Scripture.

The essential function of the mouth is as an entrance into the body. To be effective, it must be opened, which is related to two synonomous yet distinct Pey KeyWords. First there is the fundamental Hebrew root פתח (Petach, Open). This root can be rendered as either a noun (Door, Entrance) or as a verb (to open) depending on context. It is used each way in these two alphabetic verses:

  • AV Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
  • AV Psalm 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

As a verb, Petach is familiar to Christians through the Aramaic preserved in Mark 7.34: "And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened." This is an example of the imperative formed by prefixing Aleph to the verbal root Petach, to form the command "be opened."

A very similar word that clearly expresses the essence of Pey is found in two alphabetic verses from Lamentations (vs. 2.16, 3.49):

  • AV Lam 2:16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it
  • AV Lam 3:49 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

Both of these verses use exactly the same word, פצח (Petzah, Open), and both also include the name of the 17th letter. This is an extremely strong reiteration. God's teaching on this letter could not be more clear. This then enlightens us to the fundamental themes of Spoke 17, as where we find the sudden Coming of the Lord breaking forth imediately before His Advent on Spoke 18. Likewise, Malachi and 2 Peter are linked with the theme of the coming of the Lord.

The Pey KeyWord Panim (Face)

Another Pey KeyWord that is prominent in the alphabetic verses is פנים (panim, face). It appears three times:

  • AV Lam 4:16 The anger [lit. face] of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.
  • AV Ps 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
  • AV Ps 119:135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

The Face of God is what we will see at His Coming. It is a fundamental theme of Spoke 17. We see a fulfillment of the prayer in Ps 119.135 "Make thy face to shine upon thy servant" in the Transfiguration when "his face did shine as the sun." The same thing is seen on the Inner Cycles in both Genesis 17 and Matthew 17.

The actual Hebrew word for anger is אף (eph), which is a pun on the word for the "nose." In Hebrew, and is literally "looking down one's nose" at someone. Now we see three fundamental Hebrew words relating to the mouth (pey), face (panim), and nose (eph).

The fundamental power of the letter Pey saturates the entire Indo-european language families. It is closely related to the fundamental translingual root פא (Po, Blow). As is typical, the combination of a letter with Aleph reveals its elemental force. Klein traces it from the Greek φωνη (Phone, Voice) and φημι (Phemi, Say/Speak) through the Latin for and fari (to speak) and on down to the Indoeuropean root bha (to speak). Strong traces it from Phone to φαινει (Phainai, Shine/Show) [cf. GR 576] which then relates to the Hebrew פנים (Panim, Face) whence English words such as phenomenon, theophany, and so forth.

The Pey-Resh Root

Noting that the plosives p and b are interchangable, as are the dental/fricatives t,d,z, we behold the universal manifestation of the power of Pey throughout the Western Asiatic languages. Here are some really obvious cognates - the Hebrew Pey . Resh . Dental/Fricative pattern:

  • (S# 6331) Pur = Break, Crush (root of Purim)
  • (S# 6504) Parad = Break through, divide, part, separate
  • (S# 6555) Paratz = Burst
  • (S# 6578) Parat = Rushing forth
  • (S# 6566) Paras = Break, chop in pieces, scatter

These Hebrew roots are essentially identical to the Greek word that encapsulates the primary theme of Spoke 17 - παρουσια (Parusia, Coming/Advent). Again, it must be remembered that this word appears three times in 2 Peter and not once in I Peter which reveals both the astounding perfection of detail in God's Word and the utter absurdity of modern "scholarship" that uses such facts in their attempt to destroy it. Ha! Again we see the fulfillment of God's great declaration:

For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Anyone interested should now have enough clues to trace out the power of Pey. I'll list more when I get time --- there's so much to do!

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