- pahNEEM, face(s) features or countenance m, f פנים
note that this word is both singular and plural AND masculine and feminine.
- If you want to say "face of ________" the suffix of the word changes thus: פני, pronounced p'-NEH. פני אברהם, translated: the face of Abraham, p'-NEH av-rah-HAM.
- to remember this word, recall the place Jacob wrestles G-d. A place he calls "Peniel" ("face of G-d", פנואל p'nooEL, Strong's 6439), because he saw G-d p'neh-el-p'neh, "face to face", and he came away from the encounter with his skin intact. Israel was forbidden to come face to face with God, the exposure would have been too powerful to survive! However, the renewed covenant promises that we will see Him face to face! I Corinthians 13:12, when imperfect is made perfect, when Moshiach reigns over the earth.
- PahNEEM means more than the nose, the eyes, the lips, and the hair that occupy the front of one's head. pahNEEM identifies the person, reflects the attitudes, and sentiments of that person. The essence, the true self of the individual, is revealed in the face. A face is "hardened" in defiance, "fallen" in shame, "shining" in joy.
- The first time this word appears in the Tanach is B'reisheet (Genesis)1:2 וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם. And the spirit of Elohim hovered (fluttered, shook, trembled, brooded) over the face of the waters.
- A form of the word face is also in the Aaronic Benediction found in B'midbar (Numbers) 6:24-26. יִשָּׂא יְ' פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ The LORD lift up his face upon you (m. sing.) I have substituted יְ' for the Holy Name of G-d, the tetragrammatron, (Greek). You see the vav suffix which is the possessive preposition "his". PaNAV = his face
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- L'hitraot, Keren, Morah Ivrit
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.