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What is the meaning of שֶׁעַל־פִּיו Options
Ed
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 10:27:47 AM
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Good morning. The text below is taken from the New Testament in Modern Hebrew.


.אִישׁ הָיָה שָׁלוּחַ מֵאֵת אֱלֹהִים וּשְׁמוֹ יוֹחָנָן. הוּא בָּא לְעֵדוּת, לְהָעִיד עַל הָאוֹר כְּדֵי שֶׁעַל־פִּיו יַאֲמִינוּ הַכֹּל


I understand everything except שֶׁעַל־פִּיו.
Any help you give me will be much appreciated.
MiTziGo
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 11:42:14 AM

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שֶׁעַל = That upon
פִּיו = His mouth

Taken as a phrase, it can be understood to mean "by his words" or "because of his words."

שֶׁעַל־פִּיו יַאֲמִינוּ הַכֹּל = Because of his words, they will believe everything/it all.

This understanding also makes sense in context, given that he is coming to bear witness.
Ed
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 1:24:18 PM
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Michal, thank you very much for your timely and informative response. I'm sorry I took so long to reply, but I had to step out for awhile.

Can הַכֹּל also refer to people, so that you could translate, "because of his words, they will all believe?
MiTziGo
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 5:15:52 PM

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The first meaning that comes to mind for me is:
יַאֲמִינוּ=They will believe
הַכֹּל=Everything

However, I believe an equally viable (though perhaps less intuitive understanding for me) could be:

יַאֲמִינוּ=They will believe
הַכֹּל=All/Everyone

Meaning, as you said earlier, "because of/upon his words, they will all believe."
Ed
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 7:44:58 PM
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Thank you so much for your help, Michal.
MiTziGo
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:21:15 AM

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No problem. I hope to see more of you on the site in the future.
jasonmark
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:26:40 AM
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I think your mention word is in the Hebrew language..In English language its means:

פִּיו - On
שֶׁעַל - mouth...
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