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Mar 7, 2012

how to say "eternal" in Hebrew


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There are a few ways of saying forever in Hebrew. One is לְעוֹלָם (leh-oh-LAHM), employing the original Biblical meaning of the word עולם (oh-LAHM) - eternity. In Modern Hebrew (as well as in late Biblical Hebrew), עולם means world.


Another way of saying forever is לָנֶצַח (lah-NEH-tsahkh). The word נצח (NEH-tsahkh) itself also means eternity in Biblical Hebrew.


Two other ways of expressing the concept of forever in Modern Hebrew are לְתָמִיד (leh-tah-MEED) - literally, for always; and לִצְמִיתוּת (leets-mee-TOOT) - permanently.


To say eternal, Hebrew employs the word נצח, creating נִצְחִי (neets-KHEE).


But to say the eternal nation? That's עַם הַנֶּצַח (ahm hah-NEH-tsahkh) - literally, the nation of eternity.




 
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