Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The Hebrew verb גבה (gābah, pronounced gav-AHH, with the medial "bet" pronounced as a "v") means "to be high, exalted, haughty." The adjective form of this same word, גָּבֹהַּ (gāboah, pronounced ga-VOH-ah, with the medial "bet" pronounced as a "v"), means "high, lofty." We find גבה (gābah) in Ezekiel 31:10–11, as Ezekiel prophesies about a tree representing Assyria: "Because it towered high (גבהת בקומה) and set its top among the clouds, and its heart was proud of its heightגבהו), I gave it into the hand of the prince of the nations." Psalm 103:11 uses גבה (gāboah) in a positive light: "For as the heavens are highגבה) above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him." First Samuel 10:23 uses גבה (gābah) to describe the physical stature of the future King Saul: "When he took his stand among the people, he was head and shoulders taller (ויגבה) than any of them." The verb גבה (gābah) can also refer to height in reference to glory and exaltation, as in Isaiah 5:16: "But the LORD of hosts is exalted (ויגבה) by justice." Of course, when individuals act too proud and exalted, this same verb can mean "haughty" or "boastful," as in Jeremiah 13:15: "Hear and give ear; do not be haughtyגבהו), for the LORD has spoken."