מִדָה meeDAH: measurement or section of whole....This word means "measurement" most of the time, but if it is a measurement of a man, then it means "great stature". (I Chronicles 11:23) It is used in Exodus when describing measurements of the curtains in the mishkan.(Exodus 36:9). In Kings, meeDAH is used to indicate worth of stones by weight. In Nehemiah, it is translated as "section" of the new walls of Jerusalem. Ezekiel uses meeDAH to describe the measuring rod used by the hand of God.
This illustrates two things:
1) Hebrew words can be used by different biblical authors in various dialectical ways.
2) those different meanings must be determined by context.
With Hebrew, interpretation is all about context. From the shoresh (root) one can determine basic ideas of the meanings, but only through study of the context can the intention of the author be clarified.
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Remember to Have Fun with Hebrew!
I am a Mom and Grandma who began studying Hebrew to assist my understanding of the Hebrew praise songs I was singing for our Messianic Jewish Synagogue praise team way back in 2001. A home educator at the time, this quickly led to learning Hebrew in order to teach my children.