Surround: חוֹקֵ֑ר – chagar

He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

(Job 28:3) KJV

Searches: חָקַר – chaqar

  • to search

This word is problematic. It’s been assigned to a root by deleting a letter. It’s surprising how often we find this. It turns out that Hebrew scholars of old liked to fudge their data like scientists of today. According to the helps, it’s another word for searches, which is where the meaning was taken. However, the assignment requires that we delete the second letter of the word. However, if we dig for the word as it’s actually spelled we find something very interesting:

Surround: חוֹקֵ֑ר – chagar

  • Root not used; i. q. Arab. to surround; prob. derived from to embrace.
  • masc. i.q. the bosom, Psalms 74:11
  • masc. dec. 1. a.
    1. the bosom.
    2. the feelings, affections.
    3. bosom or lap of a garment.
    4. the hollow place or the inside of a chariot, 1 Ki. 22:35; also of an altar where the fire is kept, Eze. 43:13, 14, 17.

Davidson Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon page CCLI

[searches] Surround: חוֹקֵ֑ר – chagar

This can mean to surround but also a hollow place like where fire is kept inside the altar. Sounds like the interior of the Earth. So mass is surrounded by the hollow interior of the Earth where there’s fire? This is too good to be true.

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