Delight – Hebrew: Chephetz

The word ‘delight’ means something that gives great pleasure or joy. The Hebrew word for ‘delight’ is chephets and is found 62 times in the Complete Jewish Bible. Chephets also means ‘pleasure’ and ‘desire;’ it also has a concrete meaning of ‘a valuable thing.’

“You will be a glorious crown in the hand of Adonai, a royal diadem held by your God. You will no longer be spoken of as ‘Azuvah [Abandoned] or your land be spoken of as ‘Sh’mamah [Desolate]; rather, you will be called Heftzi-Vah [My-Delight-Is-In-Her] and your land Be‘ulah [Married]. For Adonai delights in you, and your land will be married —” (Isaiah 62:3-4).

“Who is a God like you, pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes of the remnant of his heritage? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in grace” (Micah 7:18).

’How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don’t stand on the way of sinners or sit where scoffers sit! Their delight is in Adonai’s Torah; on his Torah they meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Delight- chephetz – חפץ

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

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

ץ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘pull toward.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for chephets: protect the source by pulling toward.

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