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
פ Peh – A Mouth means ‘speak’ or ‘source.’
י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’
ק Kof – Back of the Head means ‘what is behind.’
ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’
ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’
The Hebrew Word Picture for piqqud: speak the finished work, what is behind the binding pathway.
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