Precepts – Hebrew: Piqqud


Piqqud in Hebrew means ‘precepts.‘ A precept is a a general rule that regulates behavior or thought. A precept is something that is learned through teaching.

“The precepts of Adonai are right, rejoicing the heart” (Psalm 19:8).

“From your precepts I gain understanding; this is why I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104).

“Can no one be taught anything? Can no one understand the message? Must one teach barely weaned toddlers, babies just taken from the breast,  so that [one has to use nursery rhymes]? — Tzav la-tzav, tzav la-tzav, kav la-kav, kav la-kav z‘eir sham, z‘eir sham [Precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line, a little here, a little there]” (Isaiah 28:9-10).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Pey is a picture of a Mouth and means ‘source or speak.’

Yod is a picture of a Closed Hand and means ‘a finished work.’

Koof is a picture of the Back of the Head and means ‘what is final.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Dalet is a picture of a Door and means ‘door, pathway.’

piqqud – the source of the final finished work bound to the door, the pathway

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