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A Consideration of Hebrew 1)

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By way of summary, we may state that denotes in origin an aspect of the physical expression of anger; it is used to denote angry protest: when God is the subject its connotation is both his anger and the effective working out of his anger. An extension of such meaning, which is consistent with later Jewish understanding of God, is that of authoritative moral reprimand 4), and in this way the word was mostly interpreted and understood in ancient times.

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