The Sons of Israel in Hebrew

These are the Hebrew Word Pictures for the wives, sons, and daughter of Jacob –– Israel. The sons of Jacob are listed with a number representing their birth order.

Jacob (Supplanter)

Ya’akov or יעקב

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ and ‘understand.’

ק Kof – Back of the Head means ‘what is behind’ and ‘what is final.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ and ‘family.’

The Hebrew word picture for ya’akov: understand the finished work of what is final in the family.

Israel (Overcomer)

Yisra’el or ישראל

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘leader’ or ‘first authority.’

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ and ‘strength.’

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘leader who urges forward.’

The Hebrew word picture for yisra’el: finished work consumes the leader’s strength who urges forward.

Rachel (Ewe, female sheep) She gave birth to two sons.

Rachel or רחל

ר Resh – A Head means ‘leader’ and ‘highest authority.’

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘leader who urges forward.’

The Hebrew word picture for rachel: the highest authority that protects and urges forward.

11.  Joseph  (May he add)

Yosef or יוסף

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ס Samech – A Prop means ‘to support.’

פ Peh – A Mouth means ‘speak’ or ‘source.’

The Hebrew word picture for Yosef: finished work binding, support and speak.

12. Benjamin (son of the right hand)

Benyamin or בנימין

ב Bet – A House means ‘family’ or ‘house.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew word picture for Benyamin: finished work of the family; mighty finished work.

Bilhah, Rachel’s maid

5. Dan (Judged)

Dan or דן

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew word picture for Dan: pathway of life.

6. Naphtali (My wrestling)

Naftali or נפתלי

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

פ Peh – A Mouth means ‘speak’ or ‘source.’

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

ל Lamed – A Shepherd’s Staff means ‘leader who urges forward.’

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘a finished work.’

The Hebrew word picture for Nafatli: life source of covenant, leader who urges forward the completed work.

Leah (Weary or tired) – She gave birth to six sons and one daughter.

Leah or לאה

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘leader who urges forward.’

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ and ‘strength.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew word picture for Leah: leader who urges forward the first strength, revealed.

1. Reuben (See, a son!) – The firstborn of Jacob

Reuven or ראובן

ר Resh – A Head means ‘leader’ or ‘highest authority.’

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ or ‘strength.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘family’ or ‘house.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew word picture for reuven: highest authority, first strength binding the family house.

2. Simeon (Hearing) The ‘root’ of this word is related to Shema or ‘Hear’

Shim’on or שמעון

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

א Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew word picture for shi’mon: destroys chaos, sees binding of life.

3. Levi (Joining)

Levi or לוי

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘leader who urges forward.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding’ as in the ‘binding of Isaac.’

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

The Hebrew word picture for Levi: leader who urges forward the binding, the finished work.

4. Judah (Praise)

Y’hudah or יהודה

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew word picture for y’hudah: finished work reveals binding, pathway revealed

9. Issachar (Hire, reward)

Yissakhar or יששכר

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

כ Kaf – Back of the Head means ‘what is behind’ or ‘what is finished.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘leader’ or ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew word picture for Yissakhar: finished work consumes what is behind the leader, the highest authority.

10. Zebulun (Living together)

Z’vulun or זבולן

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘to divide’ or ‘cut.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘family’ or ‘house.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘leader who urges forward.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew word picture for Z’vulun: dividing the family binding, the leader who urges forward life.

Daughter, Dinah (Controversy over rights)

Dinah or דינה

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew word picture for dinah: pathway to the finished work of life revealed.

Zilpah, Leah’s maid

7.  Gad (Good fortune)

Gad or גד

ג Gimel – A Camel means ‘lift up’ or ‘pride.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

The Hebrew word picture for Gad: to lift up the pathway.

8. Asher (Happy)

Asher or אשר

א Alef – An Ox means ‘strength’ or ‘first.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘leader’ or ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew word picture for Asher: first to consume the highest authority.

All the Hebrew Word Pictures of the sons of Jacob, the family of the Overcomer, Israel.

(Reuben) The highest authority, the ‘first strength’ secures the house. (Simeon) It destroys chaos that life understands. (Levi) The leader urges the binding, the finished work. (Judah) Behold the finished work, the binding, the pathway, behold –– (Dan) the way of life, (Naftali) the life source of the covenant. (Gad) The leader who urges the completed work lifts up the pathway. (Asher) The ‘first strength’ consumes the highest authority; (Issachar) the finished work consumes what is behind the leader, the highest authority (Zebulun) dividing the family, securing the one who urges forward. (Joseph) The finished work support the words, the source. ( Benjamin) The finished work of the family is a mighty finished work.

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