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
in the center - .
It is called a plosive 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
- AV Psalm 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every
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
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!