Daily Tidbits 1/5/12 – Etymology

Εtymology comes from the Greek word ἔτυμος ‘etymos’ which means truth, real or actual.  Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their true meaning.  Ultimately every word in every language traces back via Etymology to the original language of Eden.  ἔτυμος ‘etymos’ comes from the Hebrew word אמת ‘emet’ which means truth.

Who is the Truth?
Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

אמת ’emet’ comes from the root word מן ‘man.’ מ ‘mem’ is the picture of waters and the נ ‘nun’ is the picture of a seed or something living.  Hence, מן ‘man, has the meaning of living waters.

Who is the Living Waters?

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:11  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Joh 4:12  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Jer 2:13  For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Jer 17:13  O LORD, the hope {מקוה ‘miqveh’ = collection of water/pool…baptism} of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth (John 8), because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

Isa 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshû‛âh’ – source of the name Jesus}; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshû‛âh’}.
Isa 12:3  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshû‛âh’}.

H3444 ישׁוּעה yeshû‛âh
salvation, deliverance

Psa 36:7  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Psa 36:8  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures {עדן ‛eden’}
Psa 36:9  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

The word fountain in Psalm 36:9 is from the Hebrew word מקור ‘maqor’ which has the meaning of a spring that comes from a hole.  It is also used of blood, such as the blood that came forth from the Messiah on the tree (1John 5:6-8).  This is significant as Etymology traces back to the original language of Eden which brings unity to man.  It is through the work of Christ on the cross that unifies mankind and draws us back to the Father.   The blood – etymology link is seen above via the word מן ‘man’ which means living waters/blood.

The Light and Life mentioned in Psalm 36 are linked together through Christ, as seen in John 1.

Joh 1:4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men;

The pure living waters of all languages is the Hebrew spoken in Eden.  Every language on earth springs forth from this fountain.

1611 Authorized Version translators
“Againe they were not out of the Hebrew fountain (wee speake of the Latine Translations of the Old Testament) but out of the Greeke streame, therefore the Greeke being not altogether cleare, the Laitine deriued from it must needs be muddie.”

The Way, the Truth, the Life

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Etymology is the path of Truth who is defined as Messiah Jesus, the Word.  Life is linked to the Word via the mouth.  The different parts of the mouth are linked to language as words come forth from our mouths and the parts therein.  The Hebrew word for mouth, lips, tongue and throat are all translated in one way or another in relation to language, speech or communication.

When studying ancient Hebrew, the concept of life is seen through two ways.  A full stomach, from whence comes the word for life חי ‘chay’ and the breath of the Most High(Genesis 2:7).  In the human body these two work together.  Both food and air travel down the throat to their respective destinations of the stomach and lungs.  The oxygen that enters our lungs is transported into the blood which is then used to extract energy from the food that is digested/broken down in our stomachs and intestines.

This is interesting to note as the word truth in Hebrew, אמת ‘emet’, comes from מנ ‘man’ which means living waters, in specific the blood. מנ ‘man’ is also linked to DNA which is an amazing picture of language/the Word.  מנ ‘man’ is also the word for ‘manna’ which Messiah defined as Himself (John 6:30-63).  This manna was described as the Word in Exodus 16:4.

The matter of a day in its day {דבר־יום ביומו ‘davar-yom b’yomo’}

Exo 16:4  ויאמר יהוה אל־משׁה הנני ממטיר לכם לחם מן־השׁמים ויצא העם ולקטו דבר־יום ביומו למען אנסנו הילך בתורתי אם־לא׃

Psa 102:4  My heart is stricken and dried like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.

Aramaic Targum
5.     My heart is smitten like grass and will dry up; for I have forgotten the Torah of my instruction.

Deu 8:3  And He has humbled you, and caused you to hunger, and caused you to eat the manna, which you had not known, and your fathers had not known, in order to cause you to know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man shall live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of Jehovah.
Mat 4:2  And having fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He hungered.
Mat 4:3  And coming near to Him, the Tempter said, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become loaves.
Mat 4:4  But answering, He said, It has been written: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every Word going out of the mouth of God.”

Bread = food

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The loaf of bread is Thus made to include everything and, for this reason also, it may fitly be spoken of as synonymous with food in general. To the disciples of Jesus, no doubt, “Give us this day our daily bread” would naturally be a petition for all needed food, and in the case of the miraculous feeding of the multitude it was enough to provide them with “bread” (Mat_14:15).

The mouth is used for eating, and speaking as well as a third less used function of kissing.  The word in Hebrew for kiss is to draw near to another.  This can be used in the concept of love or war.   Amazingly, it is language in Scripture that is linked to unity and gathering together of peoples (Zephaniah 3:9).  Truth, אמת ‘emet,’ which comes from מן ‘man’ meaning living waters, is even more fascinating as a collection of peoples is pictured as waters in  Scripture (Psalm 65:7; Isaiah 17:12-13; Revelation 17:15).  His voice is as many waters (Revelation 1:15). He is the Shepherd whose voice collects the sheep (John 10:14-16).

Joh 10:16  And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock, one Shepherd.

Interestingly the word for unison traces back to ‘son’ the root of sound.

Is it just coincidence that ‘consonant’ comes from the same root ‘son’ in English?  Could it also be coincidence that the Hebrew alphabet is made up of all consonants?  This same Hebrew alphabet that makes up the Word.  The Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. Is this why Zephaniah prophesied that the clear lip of Hebrew would be returned to us (Zephaniah 3:9)?

Rom 15:6  that with one accord and with one mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The English word accord traces back to the Italian word ‘accordare’ which means “to attune an instrument” and the Latin word ‘accordare’ which means to “make agree,” literally to “be of one heart.  This points to being born again or circumcision of the heart.  How is the heart circumcised?  Through the Word (Hebrew 4:12; Luke 24:31-32; Acts 2:37; Jeremiah 32:39-40).  It is through this circumcision/entering of the Word that Light comes forth (Psalm 119:130)

The Hebrew word circumcision comes from:

מול ‘mul’ comes from the root:

Or it could be said ConSONants brought together to form Words.  Each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet have different meanings since Hebrew is a pictographic language.  Different parts come together to form the Word.  Just as different parts of the Tabernacle, which had different functions came together to become ONE (Exodus 36:13).

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.


For more on this subject see:

Shadows of Messiah – Etymology




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