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What does Hamas mean in Hebrew?
« on: April 14, 2015, 11:48:22 PM »
The Hebrew words used in Psalm 140 for Violent Men is Hamasim.
When one looks up Violence in the R. Alcalay Complete Hebrew English Dictionary the Hebrew words Alimut, Paraetz, and Hamas are found.
Some theologians believe that the anointed cherub in Ezekiel 28 is a reference to Satan. If this view is correct, then according to Ezekiel 28:16, it was hamas in the midst of this cherub that caused the Lord to cast him out of the mountain of God.
The word hamas appears in the Psalms. Prayers are lifted up for deliverance from violent men, men of hamas. The enemies of God s anointed are described in Psalms as people who breathe out hamas [cruelty] (Ps. 27:12). The habitations of hamas are called the dark places of the earth (Ps. 74:20). Psalm 11:5 plainly states that God hates those who love hamas: ...the wicked and him that loveth violence (hamas) His soul hateth.
Two passages of Scripture that should serve as warnings to today s Hamas terrorists are Obadiah 10 and Joel 3:19. These verses deal specifically with the hamas/violence perpetrated by Edom, another name for Esau, the ancestor of the Arabs, against Jacob and Judah, the ancestors of the Jewish people. According to Obadiah, the children of Edom shall be cut off forever because of their violence (hamas) against their brother Jacob. Joel says that Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence (hamas) against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
So fierce is the wrath of God against the descendants of Esau who practice hamas that one of the commandments of the Torah says, Thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek [grandson of Esau, and another ancestor of the Arabs] from under heaven (Deut. 25:19). The Hertz Commentary makes a remark about this verse that is worth considering in view of today s Hamas terrorism against Jews in Israel: A people so devoid of natural religion as to kill non-combatants had forfeited all claim to mercy (p. 856).


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Re: What does Hamas mean in Hebrew?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 07:51:25 AM »
Violent enemies of God, that sounds right.