depending on how it is used and the context.
Remember, we learned another word, בן, beyn, which means son. They sound the same. Just like English, Hebrew has some words that sound the same, but have different meanings/spellings.
So how can we remember the difference between "son" בן and "between/among" בין? Note the yod (י) BETWEEN the bet and nun-sofeet. So, with the yod, the word is BETWEEN...a yod is BETWEEN the bet and nun.
The other meaning for בין is 'among'. When בין is used in pairs, it means between. The second one will have a vav prefix meaning "and" attached. If there is just one בין, it translates among.
Let's examine a couple examples.
Shir Ha-Shirim, (Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon)
כְּשׁוֹשַׁנָּה בֵּין הַחוֹחִים, כֵּן רַעְיָתִי בֵּין הַבָּנוֹת.
"As a lily among the thorns, thus is my love among the daughters. "
Here, we can see the word, בין used twice. You may be thinking: it is used twice, so means "between". hhmmm, I can see why you may think that from my description. However, this is two phrases. It means "among" in each phrase. Note, too, the second does NOT have the vav prefix. Perhaps looking at an example of בין, 'between' would help.
Turn to B'midbar, (In the desert/wilderness)
Numbers chapter 17:13 (If you are using an Old Testament, as opposed to the Tanach, this will be Numbers 16:48)
וַיַּעֲמֹד בֵּין-הַמֵּתִים, וּבֵין הַחַיִּים; וַתֵּעָצַר, הַמַּגֵּפָה.
"And he stood [Aaron] between the dead and between the living and it was stopped, the plague."
Now, notice in this verse, that the second בין has a vav prefix (meaning 'and') so, really we have "beyn...oo-veyn". The second loses the dagesh kal, so the pronunciation is softened to a "v" sound, but the word means the same, regardless. If you are a beginner, just ignore that business for now, and try and recognize the word: בין.
The translation I have is a more literal translation just to help you see the word order.This would be a smoother English translation: "And he stood between the living and the dead, and the plague was stopped."
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