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The 400 Most Frequently Occuring Hebrew Words

Number 10

This is our 2nd VERB


"hayah" occurs 3,502 times in the Tanach.

The marks below the Hey ה and the י are the Hebrew vowel points QAMETS - they both gives the Hey and the Yod an "aw" sound.

QAMETS is written in English as "a"

היה = hayah is a verb to be, was, to become, come to pass

All Hebrew verbs have many different forms. The following is not all of them for Hayah.

--- = v'-ha-yi-ti = and I will continue to be.

Genesis 17:8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be ( --- = v'-ha-yi-ti ) their God.’

--- = ey-hyeh = I will be.

Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses: ‘I AM ( אהיה= ey-hyeh ) THAT ( אשר = asher ) I AM’; ( אהיה= ey-hyeh )

This could be I AM what I AM, or I SHALL BE who I SHALL BE.

Genesis 1:3 And God said: ‘Let there be ( = y'-hi ) light.’ And there was ( = va-y'-hi ) light.

--- You were ( ha-yi-ta )

--- You will be ( ti-h-yeh )

--- We were ( ha-yi-nu )

Genesis 1:15 and let them be ( והיו = v'-ha-yu ) for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.’ And it was ( וָיהי = va-y'-hi ) so.

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