Friday, December 15, 2023

From the Hebrew verb גבר (gavar, g-b-r, pronounced ga-VAR), meaning "to overpower, be superior," the Hebrew noun גבור (gibbor, pronounced gib-BŌR) means "a mighty warrior, hero," while the adjective form of the same word means "mighty, vigorous." For instance, just after David defeated Goliath in battle, 1 Samuel 17:51 says, "When the Philistines saw that their champion (גבורם) was dead, they fled." Likewise, we find it used as more of an adjective in Genesis 10:9: "He was a mighty (גבר) hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, 'Like Nimrod a mighty (גבור) hunter before the LORD'."