Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Hebrew noun קיץ (qayitz pronounced KAH-yits) means "summer." For example, Psalm 74:17 states: "You have fixed all the bounds of the earth; you made summer (קיץ) and winter." The summer is connected seasonally with the idea of the harvest, as Jeremiah 8:20 illustrates: "The harvest is past, the summer (קיץ) is ended, and we are not saved"; as well as the ripening of summer fruits, as in Isaiah 28:4, which warns that the fate of Ephraim, "will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer (קיץ); whoever sees it, eats it up as soon as it comes to hand." In Amos 3, the "summer (קיץ)" houses are one of the things condemned by the prophet Amos as symbols of the luxury of the wealthy Israelites who have chosen to live lavishly rather than address the needs of their neighbors, a decision which has angered God and will lead to their destruction. Amos 3:15 states: "I will tear down the winter house as well as the summerקיץ) house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end, says the LORD."