[b-hebrew] Liver & Glory

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Tue Jun 7 15:12:57 EDT 2005


As Yigal mentioned, the root meaning of the word is “weighty”.

How liver fits in there, I don’t see the connection, only speculation. We can’t rule out the possibility that it is a loan word that happened to have the same consonants as weigty.

Even in English we have the concept that weight is related to importance and honor, even glory, as in “Mr. XXX carries more weight in this organization that Mr. YYY.” Similarly, I see the meaning of KBWD being “glory” as a result of being “weighty”. Adjectively expressed either literally, or figuratively as in “weighted down” as in his hearing is weighted down (just as a fat person can’t run a race and win, so one whose hearing is weighted down is slow, not sharp) hence dull, hard of hearing.

Look at the actions.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: tladatsi at charter.net
> Hello,
> I have a question.  The word KBD (Kabed) is translated as
> liver.  In the 14 times it is used in the OT, there was a
> qamets under the kaf 12 times and a shewa two times (Pro
> 7:23 and Lam 2:1).  There is a tsere under the bet every
> time.
> The word KBVD (Kabod) is translated as *glory*, *honor*, or
> *wealth*  (and few other ways).  It is usually spelled with
> a shewa under kaf and holem vav.  However I have noticed
> four instances where there is a word that looks very much
> like KBD, including the qamats under the kaf but is
> translated as if it were KBVD.  These are Gen 31:1, Gen
> 49:6, Ex 33:18, and Ex 33:22 (KBVD occurs 200 times in the
> OT, I have not checked every entry yet).
> In the case Gen 31:1 the context would strongly suggest
> that the usual translation KBD as wealth seems appropriate.
> The other three are usually translated as glory or honor
> but the context seems less than clear to me, which is not
> to say that liver somehow makes more sense.
> So is KBD just a synonym for KBVD?  It is a scribal error?
> Is it a euphemism for something?  Is there some pun or word
> play between KBD and KBVD?  Something else?
> Jack Tladatsi

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